27 June 2014

Fanatic Radio 6/27/14

Fanatic Radio begins our two part series featuring Hall of Fame basketball coach Gary Williams on his history to achieving roundball nirvana and his rise to winning a national championship with Maryland. The United States Men's National Team is through and Mike and Flo break down the Knockout Stages and the potential matchups for the World Cup. After the NBA Draft, the NBA free agency train is alive and well and we talk what moves should certain players make, also what does David Aldridge and Mike have in common?


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2014 NBA Draft: Team Grades

While the 2014 NBA Draft may not have been as wild as some had thought (and hoped), there was still plenty of good action in Brooklyn last night. How did all 30 clubs grade out at the end of the day? Here are my team grades.

Watch Adam Silver & the NBA draft Isaiah Austin

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It is a rather rare occurrence that the most memorable moment of a draft night features a player that was not actually drafted, but that is what happened last night during the NBA Draft. Baylor big Isaiah Austin, projected by some to be a second round pick, saw his NBA dreams dashed less than a week ago when he learned that he had been diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called Marfan syndrome, one that would put his life at risk had he attempted to play in the NBA. An awful development for anyone so close to the draft.

NBA commissioner Adam Silver made a very gracious move by inviting Austin to the draft as his guest but he took it one step further last night between the 15th and 16th picks. Let's go to the videotape.

26 June 2014

2014 NBA Draft: 1st Round Grades

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As you may have known already, the 2014 NBA Draft is tonight and boy, it may be a wild one. I will be tracking every selection tonight and will be posting my lives grades right here as the picks are announced at the podium by commissioner Adam Silver. Enjoy.

2014 MLB on Fox Announcers & Distribution: June 28th

Fox Sports has a quarter of MLB action in primetime this Saturday. The games that will be distributed across the country are Red Sox-Yankees, Cardinals-Dodgers, Nationals-Cubs and Braves-Phillies, and I have a feeling you know which will be the primary game.

Anyhow, the action begins Saturday at 7:00 EDT, following Twins-Rangers on Fox Sports 1. Continue reading for the announcer assignments and the distribution splits for this week's edition of the MLB on Fox.

2014 NBA Mock Draft: Final Edition

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Well here we are, the day of the 2014 NBA Draft. And I feel comfortable in saying that the action tonight is going to be out of control as nobody really knows what just may go down tonight in Brooklyn. But it is a very good draft class it is going to be a fun night.

Here is my final NBA mock draft for 2014.

25 June 2014

Fanatic Radio NBA Draft Preview

With the NBA Draft kicking off tomorrow night live in Brooklyn, Mike and me break down what is surely going to be a fun and wild night of action. We discuss who the Cavaliers are likely to take with the first overall selection, the repercussions of Joel Embiid's broken foot on his draft stock and on the draft board, talk a little about the depth at the guard and forward positions, what will be made out of Greg McDermott and P.J. Hairston, and some teams that can take big strides with a strong performance tomorrow night. Listen below or at Blog Talk Radio.

Fanatic Radio World Cup Show - Week 3

John Gardner and Mike break down another wild week in the FIFA World Cup. The United States crazy finish against Portugal and what the chances are for the Red, White and Blue have for facing Germany and advancing to the Knockout Stages. We discuss other group scenarios like Luis Suarez versus Italy and the Ivory Coast eliminated, and what potential matches we will see for next week's single-elimination. Only one final week of group play for win or go home match ups and we have you covered with analysis and predictions only on America's premier sports-music program, Fanatic Radio.




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24 June 2014

Will LeBron James actually leave the Heat?

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The big news of the day, as broken by Chris Broussard, is that LeBron James will opt out of his contract and become a free agent this offseason. Of course we all remember what happened the last time James was a free agent but beyond random Jim Gray sightings, I think this free agency bout will go a little different than it did in. In fact, I think it will likely end with James landing in the same place that he is right now.

Did Uruguay's Luis Suarez bite an Italian player?

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It is an act you would see in Will Ferrell's Kicking and Screaming, or any other five-year-old soccer game, but Urugauy forward Luis Suarez is being accused of biting Italian defender Giorgio Chiellini in the dramatic 1-0 World Cup match Tuesday.

Don't believe me? Well let's go to the video tape.

Grading the 2013 NBA Draft, one year later

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With all eyes looking forward towards this Thursday's NBA Draft, let's take a look back a year at the 2013 NBA Draft. And what a draft it was, and by that I mean awful. Without further ado, here are my grades a year later for each selection.

22 June 2014

It's time for the Sprint Cup Series to race at Road America

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Ever since the then-Winston Cup Series returned to Watkins Glen in 1986, NASCAR's top series has run a pair of road course races every season with Sonoma replacing Riverside in 1989. At the very least, it shuts up the clowns who deride NASCAR as "only left turns" but it's also a great change of pace from the usual oval action that dominates the circuit and are what the drivers are generally used to.

It is time for the Sprint Cup Series to add a third road course to the schedule and in my mind, there is only choice for that addition: Road America.