Tuesday, 13 May 2014 23:06

Our best podcast yet.  This was very passionate, informative, and a hell of a lot of fun.

Dr. Heath (@DrTravisHeath) begins with a bit of a rant regarding his Metro St. students.  He gets into entitlement.  

We finally get into some sports after Dr. Heath unburdens himself.  No Andrew Mason (@MaseDenver) tonight as he was doing his duty as Dad and caring for his daughter Charlotte.  She's 22 months and as adorable as they come.  

Michael Sam and his now famous kiss witt his boyfriend on TV is our leadoff topic.  We you offended by Sam and his boyfriend celebrating with a kiss?  Do you have a problem with homosexuality?  We discuss homosexuality and homophobia in the United States.  Is a persons sexualiy really any of your business?  What someone does in the privacy of their home is their business and not yours.  

In addition to Michael Sam, we discuss the numerous negative tweets regarding Sam including Ole Miss student and former Rebel hoops star, Marshall Henderson.  You'll just have to listen.

Finally, Donald Sterling and his interview with Anderson Cooper.  Again, just listen.  

Thanks for listening and thanks for helping spread the word.  Keep telling your friends, family, and co-workers.  Please follow The Sports Think Tank on twitter @ThinkTankSport.  You can also follow each of us on twitter @RenKnowItAll @DrTravisHeath @MaseDenver

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Wednesday, 07 May 2014 11:49

As I mentioned in the first part of the article, one of my frustrations w/draft grades is that the grades have no basis on actual performance. Now that I have revisited the teams and given them performance based grades, let’s see how the experts did w/out the benefit of hindsight...

Tuesday, 06 May 2014 22:34

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Sunday, 04 May 2014 21:50

In Part One of my article, I explained my reasoning for looking back upon the 2011 draft and gave grades to the NFC. Hopefully, you’ve read it (if not, you can read it here) and are now looking forward to seeing the AFC grades. Without further ado, the grades:

Team

Division

Grade

Buffalo Bills

East

C

Miami Dolphins

East

B+

New England Patriots

East

D+

New York Jets

East

A-

Baltimore Ravens

North

C

Cincinnati Bengals

North

B+

Cleveland Browns

North

A+

Pittsburgh Steelers

North

C+

Houston Texans

South

A

Indianapolis Colts

South

F

Jacksonville Jaguars

South

B-

Tennessee Titans

South

C+

Denver Broncos

West

A+

Kansas City Chiefs

West

C-

Oakland Raiders

West

C-

San Diego Chargers

West

A

Overall the AFC had twice as many A’s at the NFC, but the AFC also had the only F and have lost four of the last five Super Bowls. Don’t get hung up on trying to make any correlations on the information above or you’ll end up like Russell Crowe in A Beautiful Mind. If you’d like to know more details about how the grades were determined, my grading criterion was outlined in my first article (e.g. please read the first article if you haven’t yet). Details on the players selected by each team are available below. All of the teams are broken out by their Division and preceded by a chart that illustrates the following:

  • How many picks the team had in the 2011 draft
  • How many of the draft picks were 6th or 7th round draft picks
  • How many of the players from the draft are currently on that team
  • How many of the players from the draft are currently starters on that team

 

Tuesday, 29 April 2014 21:23

It's all about The Silver Hammer who dropped, The Silver Hammer.  Adam Silver minced no words today in delivering a lifetime ban to LA Clippers owner Donald Sterling.  We get into great depth about Sterling and the decision by Silver.  Gloves are off and we leave no stone unturned.  Thanks for listening and thanks for spreading the word.

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Monday, 28 April 2014 02:19

It’s April and forecasting rain isn’t the only popular pastime in this month. The 2014 NFL Draft is two weeks away along with the media storm that accompanies it. After the Super Bowl ends, the NFL media machine knows that there will be six months before preseason games start and they have to do their best to keep fans interested until then. Things that used to be ignored 10-15 years ago now have gained a tremendous amount of coverage. The NFL Scouting Combine, free agency and pro days have all become major events. However, they are nothing compared to the three day spectacle that is now the NFL Draft. Analysts begin to determine where teams are deficient and prognosticate as to what players they will pick within mere days after Super Bowl. Then, from March through May, countless hours of television programming and an exponential number of articles will thoroughly examine every aspect of how well these rookies will or will not potentially adjust to the speed and size that is the NFL. Finally, it will come time for teams to pick their first round at Radio City Music Hall and after the players are selected, analysts will scrutinize the pick to the Nth degree, fans will boo and/or cheer the selections and the three days will pass ever so quickly.

However, unlike the game of football, the draft has no score and that is a problem. How can you have all of this hype and no winner(s)? Since that answer was unsatisfying to fans, analysts decided to provide a score of sorts… draft grades. Every major sports network and magazine offers them now and in fact, many of the grades are given in real time during the draft. I understand that the casual fan wants to know if their team will be better, but all we can definitively conclude during and after the draft is what positions of need were enhanced. For example, if a team that had a poor offensive line took an offensive lineman in the early rounds of the draft, they should have better depth in that area and improve. That’s all we can discern since these grades have no basis on actual performance yet. So what we’re really given is “informed” but idle speculation because the players haven’t even gone to camp much less played a down in the NFL. What’s even more infuriating to me is the how wrong some of these grades can be. I grew up in Houston and one of my favorite examples of this is when the Houston Texans were given a ton of grief for not selecting Mario Williams as the #1 pick over Vince Young and Reggie Bush in 2006. Williams had two Pro-Bowl selections, one All Pro selection and was the 2007 NFL Alumni Defensive Lineman of the Year with the Texans. Even though he is no longer in Houston, he is still playing at an elite level for the Bills. Bush and Young had some accolades, but Bush is now with his third team and Young is out of the league. History has shown that the Texans made the right choice and that’s what drove me to write this article.

Tuesday, 22 April 2014 22:32

Lucky 13 or Lucky XIII.  A fun night at Gary Lee's Motor Club on S. Broadway.  Big thanks to Gary for hosting us again.  Smoked meat loaf...yes, I said it...they smoke their meat loaf...that is all.  We had a blast this evening talking about unwritten rules of sports and is baseball trying to take the fun out of the game.  Is it ok for Carlos Gomez to do what he did?  We also talk about the narcissisistic culture that has seeped into modern society.  It's all about me...ME ME ME ME ME ME!  

We then talk about Andrew Mason's (@MaseDenver) new book about the Denver Broncos that is due out in the Fall.  This will be an amazing book and a MUST read for any football fan.  Mason poured his heart and soul into the book and you will want a copy.  We then get into Matt Cooke and his impending suspension.  He's a goon...plain and simple.  

We really appreciate your support of the podcast.  Keep telling your friends and co-workers about The Sports Think Tank.  We continue to grow and it's because of loyal listeners like you.  Please follow The Sports Think Tank on twitter @ThinkTankSport.  You can also follow us individually @MaseDenver @DrTravisHeath @RenKnowItAll.  We love your feedback...keep it coming.

 

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Wednesday, 02 April 2014 13:28

It's just the Good Doctor and I on this episode of The Sports Think Tank.  Last week Dr. Heath described the children's birthday party he attended last week and this week he gets into his daughters 2nd birthday party.  The Heath's don't do PC.  No gluten free, lots of dairy and sugar.  It's a kids birthday party for god's sake.  This is some entertaining stuff.

We finally get into sports and DeSean Jackson.  Can people be fired for who their friends are and who they hang out with?  Gangs?  bad people?  We discuss.  Then we talk Ron Artest and his rumors of running for president.  We have a lot of fun tonight. 

Thanks so much for listening to The Sports Think Tank.  We are growing week by week and we appreciate you spreading the word.  @ThinkTankSport @DrTravisHeath @MaseDenver @RenKnowItAll

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Tuesday, 18 March 2014 20:58

Number 10 is here.  A perfect 10?  Probably not, but a fun night at The Hornet.  This is the 10th edition of The Sports Think Tank.  Thanks again to The Hornet on S. Broadway for hosting our podcast again tonight.  No dong pics here, but the quote of the night was @MaseDenver comparing Greg Oden to a fire hose.  Lots of hoops talk tonight.  We start with the NBA and the New York Knicks hiring Phil Jackson as General Manager.  Jackson made no bones about wanting the Knicks to run the Triangle offense.  The question will be if Melo wants to play for Jackson and if Jackson wants Melo.  Interesting discussion on what the Knicks might do...and will Jim Dolan butt out and let Jackson run the team.  

In part II we get into drug addiction with the DWI arrest of Colts owner Jim Irsay.  Alcohol and prescription drugs.  Will the Ginger Hammer drop the hammer on Irsay with a fine and suspension?  Will he be repremanded at all?  Irsay is going to rehab and you have to hope that it works for him.  Time will tell, but we get into the relationship of owner and dependents/employees and addiciton.

Finally, back to hoops...college hoops, but we don't talk about the NCAA Tournament.  We talk Auburn hiring Bruce Peal.  Has Pearl changed his ways?  Really?  Think Bruce Pearl is on the straight and narrow now?  College athletics is about making money and winner...that it.  We get down and dirty with the Tigers hiring Pearl...who actually can't recruit for another 3 months.  He's still suspended by the NCAA for lying to them and having others lie in the Tennessee cover up.  Oh college basketball, you are so dirty and how I love you.  

Thanks for listening The Sports Think Tank and thanks for telling your friends, family, and co-workers about us.  We really appreciate that as we continue to grow the podcast.  Now for one of the great bloody marys at The Hornet.

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