Christian Page joined WNST this week as we quickly approach the 2016 NFL Draft, and discussed the trade that, as Page said, has put all of the previous mock drafts in the shredder.
Page covers the Titans down south, and from a Titans fan perspective, Page is happy with the big deal.
“Absolutely, and I don’t think the Titans are necessarily done yet,” Page said. “They have plenty of ammo to move up back into the Top 10 and maybe get an offensive tackle to protect Mariota with some injuries and sack problems that the Titans had last season.”
Of course, the trickle down effect that the trade will have on the teams picking in the 3-6 range, including the Ravens, has not been lost on draft analysts across the country,
“With the Rams moving up to take a quarterback and with Cleveland always in the quarterback conversation picking at two, that shifts the best player available down to Baltimore, and we all know general manager Ozzie Newsome likes the best player available and he’s sitting home enjoying everything the Titans just did with the Rams.”
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Our good friend Peter King checked in with Nestor this week on WNST as we are less than two weeks away from the 2016 NFL Draft in Chicago.
This is the second year that the draft is being held later than usual in the calendar year, and count Peter King in as someone who is not a fan of the most recent change.
“It’s hard to take any more of the hype,” King said. “The teams don’t need any more time. I always think too, with the later draft, what you’re doing is you’re hurting the chances of important players for that year’s team contributing to that year’s team. Let’s say for the sake of argument that you draft a quarterback that you’re hoping can play that year. The later you draft, the less time that important player to your franchise has to develop and get ready to play. And that kind of bothers me.”
“I think teams can easily be ready in the middle of April, but pushing it into May I think really starts to effect the product on the field the following September,” King said.
Talk turned towards the top of the draft, where the Rams now hold the number one pick while the Browns hold the second pick. King believes the Rams prefer Jared Goff, which would present an interesting situation for Cleveland.
“I’ve heard that Cleveland is very very willing to get out of number two, and Cleveland is certainly not set on taking a quarterback,” King said. “I think Cleveland’s guy would be Goff, and if they can’t get him, my gut is they’re going to trade.”
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Justin McGuire joined Nestor to discuss the Orioles’ promising start to the 2016 season and touched on a variety of topics, including their surprise 7-0 start.
“It’s the best start in Baltimore Orioles history,” McGuire said. “It’s a bit surprising that they started out as well as they did. I think the reason they did is kind of what we expected, hitting a lot of home runs and scoring a lot of runs. That’s kind of what we expected from this team…if they can keep that up, it’s going to be a real interesting year.”
While there are mostly positive things to say about the Orioles’ offense, their pitching may prove to write a different script as the season unfolds. Justin touched on the newest starter in town, Yovani Gallardo.
“I think if you’re flying on Gallardo to be a top of the rotation guy, that tells you all you need to know about that rotation,” McGuire said. “If you look at the numbers the last several years, his velocity and consistency has been down, and he’s been pretty uniformly awful after the sixth inning the past couple years. We saw that a couple days ago too, he is a guy that runs out of gas and doesn’t get deep into games for you.”
Justin continued to discuss the starting pitching, and made it clear that he feels that area of the team is the key to a successful 2016 season in Birdland.
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Ed Frankovic and Nestor made the pilgrimage to the City of Brotherly Love for Game 3 Washington Capitals series vs the Flyers, and any thought the the Flyers would grab momentum back on their home ice was eliminated midway through the game as the Capitals took a commanding lead and things got out of hand inside the Wells Fargo Center.
“Very embarrassing to the NHL what transpired in that third period on Monday night,” said Frankovic. “The Capitals took advantage of the Flyers essentially melting down, not only their players but the fans. I go back to maybe fans throwing rats on the ice in Florida where there were some delay of games, but I’ve never actually been at a game when the people in attendance were whistled for a delay of game for throwing things on the ice.”
Frankovic continued to discuss the Flyers fans and he didn’t have great things to say about his experience.
“Last night, it wasn’t so much overzealous, but they were just being sore losers,” Frankovic said. “They were clearly frustrated. It’s kind of a shame to see that on what was supposed to be a glorious night of celebrating Ed Snider. I don’t think Mr. Snider would have been pleased with that. The Capitals certainly made them pay, they didn’t retaliate with their firsts. Instead, they retaliated by putting the puck in the net.”
Ultimately, the Capitals are looking like the clear best team in hockey as they have taken a commanding 3-0 lead over the Flyers. While they look to be in prime position to advance to Round 2, how will they fare once they advance as the pressure mounts given the recent playoff failures of the Caps?
“There’s nothing not to like about the Capitals right now, except for their history,” Aparicio said.
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Mike Harmon caught up with Nestor this week, and among a variety of topics, they discussed the ongoing Peyton Manning scandal that has recently rocked the NFL landscape.
While many people heard about these allegations for the first time in the days after Super Bowl 50, Mike was aware of the rumors surrounding his time at Tennessee.
“This is something that has been sitting in the ‘left nav’ of a couple of websites for quite a while, to go into those technical web terms of left navigation as you go through your main articles,” Harmon said. “It’s something that’s been percolating in the past, but that’s just what it is, because of the settlement and such, everybody had kind of put it aside.”
“Some are trying to dismiss it, but you can’t,” Harmon said. “Some are trying to parse through and figure out if it’s just a locker room prank versus an assault.”
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After a rough home loss to the Wisconsin Badgers, Dennis notes that it’s not easy to play with a target on your back, and the #2 Terps certainly fit that bill.
“They are the hunted,” Koulatsos said. “When you are the number two team in the country, you’re everybody’s biggest game. You’re circled on their calendar, and whether you’re home or away, they’re coming after you for sure. So you got to bring your ‘A game’ every single night, and these are still kids. It’s hard to expect them to rise up every single time. To me, the way they’ve been playing, this home loss was almost predictable.”
Not only did the Terps lose, but Diamond Stone’s technical foul during the upset ended up costing his team more than just one game, as he will be suspended during the team’s upcoming road game at Minnesota. Dennis expects Stone to learn from this mishap.
“It’s all part of his growing process,” Koulatsos said. “He is very very young. They’ve insulated him the best that they could. But again, these are young kids and his emotions got the worst of him, and he’s going to pay a penalty.”
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Tom Sorensen covers the Carolina Panthers for the Charlotte Observer, and he joined Nestor and WNST to discuss the Panthers magical ride to a 15-1 regular season on their way to ultimately losing Super Bowl 50 to the Denver Broncos.
Tom pointed out that while the Panthers have the same sort of atmosphere surrounding the team as the Ravens do, as far as football being the main sport in Charlotte, this is the first year that the Panthers were the toast of the NFL.
“The NFL has long been the number one sport here, and after that it’s college basketball and college football, but this is the first season the Panthers have had where they were recognized as the best team in football,” Sorensen said. “They attracted so many peripheral fans, and it was cool to see. No matter where you went, whether it be the grocery store, bars, or gym, it was what people were talking about.”
As for the Super Bowl, Tom doesn’t think you have to dig too deep to understand what went wrong for the Panthers.
“It was a pretty simple game,” Sorensen said. “They could not handle that defense of Denver. It’s a truism, but the best defensive team usually wins.”
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Former Ravens fullback Ovie Mughelli is now a sports analyst for 680 The Fan in Atlanta, and after catching up with Nestor and Luke at the Super Bowl in San Francisco, he hopped on this week to touch on a variety of NFL topics.
Ovie discussed the lack of emphasis that NFL teams now put on running the football and having a good fullback compared to years past, but he pointed out that having a great running game is still an essential when developing a winning formula.
“Remember two years ago when the Dallas Cowboys finally had success, it was Demarco Murray making Tony Romo look like he was a mix of John Elway and Peyton Manning and Brett Favre all mixed in one, because he didn’t have to worry about the box not being stacked of people out there waiting for the pass every single time,” Mughelli said. “Having a balanced offense always gives you a better opportunity to win. The fullback gives you that balanced offense, having someone to lead the way for the tailback, even when the offensive line breaks down, I think it absolutely necessary now.”
Of course, the former Ravens fullback admits that he is a bit biased with his thoughts.
“Obviously, I’m a little biased as I’m a fullback, but year after year, the teams that go deep in the playoffs and get to the Super Bowl are teams that are balanced and at least have some semblance of a running game,” Mughelli said.
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Chris Burke covers the NFL for Sports Illustrated, and he joined Nestor this week to discuss a variety of topics including the Peyton Manning scandal, Cam Newton, the Big 10 basketball environments, including Purdue’s Mackey Arena, the NFL combine, and much more!
As for Cam Newton and the talk surrounding his Super Bowl post-game press conference, Chris had an interesting take.
“To me, not going after that fumble late in the game was worse than the press conference,” Burke said. “It’s such a scattered post-game atmosphere, it’s all jammed into one spot, both teams, it’s a curtain that separates them, and Cam was right next to where the Broncos were. I can understand why he was upset and short with the media.”
That said, Chris would like to have seen Newton handle his media responsibilities differently.
“He’s got to handle that better,” Burke said. “He’s a veteran quarterback now, he’s the face of that franchise and one of the faces of the NFL. He’s got to be more professional in that situation. But like I said, what happened on that fumble where he just sort of pulled up and didn’t try to dive on it, that bothered me far more than anything that happened in the press conference.”
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Our resident WNST hockey expert Ed Frankovic hopped on with Nestor to give a Washington Capitals update.
Though the Caps fell short to Dallas 4-3 over the weekend, they made a furious comeback after being down 4-0.
“The Capitals threw the kitchen sink at Dallas in the 3rd period,” Frankovic said. “It really was their best 20 minutes of hockey in a long time. They got back to playing a style that fits them, and a style that they’re going to have to play in the playoffs if they’re going to win that trophy that they want in June.”
“When the Capitals play the way that they did in that 3rd period, I don’t think there’s a team in the league that could beat them,” Frankovic said.
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