Raps Finish Bucks, But the 905ers Win the D-League Title

That’s it folks. The Raps went into Milwaukee last night, put on a show, almost blew a 25 point lead, but they pulled it off. Am I going to address the problem that this team has with closing games? Absolutely not! I’m gonna forget it. Cause the Bucks are gone. It’s now all about Cleveland. It’s what we have been waiting for around here. I could care less about Jason Kidd blowing kisses at Ibaka. Just give me seven games vs King James. That’s all I’m asking here. I’m a simple man who is desperate for some hardware. So desperate that I’m about to gloat about the D-League title the 905ers won last night. But before that, lets drink in this tweet that aged well from Governor Scott Walker.

But on to the title talk. The 905 Raptors brought the hardware to Peel Region with an impressive 122-96 domination over the Rio Grande Valley Vipers. The Raptors youth of Fred Van Vleet, Bruno Caboclo, and Finals MVP Pascal Siakam, put on show for the Sauga crowd.

But what does this mean for the Raps? Well it means a couple of things. The first being that good drafting and development allows holes to be easily be filled from free agency this summer. The second thing, is that Jerry Stackhouse will soon be a head coach somewhere else. It’s been remarkable to watch him succeed into a role that many players frankly just stink at when they retire. The last thing it means is PARADE TIME PEOPLE!

Lets see the madness!

Even members of media are still in awe of this achievement.

But seriously though, this is really awesome. It’s actually great that this franchise has tons of stuff to celebrate after the years of downright horrible management. But also to the fans of Mississauga who really pack the Hershey Center so these guys aren’t hearing crickets when they play. Oh, and of course the GOAT showed up at today’s festivities.

 

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Bills Trade Down, Take Tre’Davious White

Last night was a good night for BillsMafia. First the Bills traded their 10th pick to the Chiefs for the 27th pick, a 3rd rounder, and a 2018 1st rounder. In a draft full of defensive depth. It was a really good move to grab future surplus, while being able to fill a need for your team. But now on too the new man in Buffalo.

I figured if the Bills traded down, they would have taken Tim Williams or Reuben Foster. But instead the Bills took White, to step right in and replace Stephon Gilmore who left in free agency. White is known for being one of the premier cornerbacks in college football. He has the size and speed to cover anyone, and can play man exceptionally well. White is a pick that can immediately step in and be a starter on an already talented defense. He also brings some return magic to the Bills special teams, so hopefully we get our own Patrick Peterson at the Ralph.

There is question about his physicality when it pertains to stopping the run. But really, that will slowly develop as he fills out into his NFL body. Off the field White seems like really just a nice, average guy. There are no “red flags”, or any off-field issues, and seems to be the type of player that McDerrmott is trying to instill on the rest of the Bills.

Hopefully, on day two the Bills address some of the holes when it comes to the offense. But for the mean time lets sit back and inject some Tre’Davious LSU highlights into our skulls.

Fox News Host in Hot Water for Brutal Ivanka Joke

Well! Have yourself a week Fox News! I mean is there really anything else here to say? It’s unbelievable that after all the headlines that this place has made recently, here comes along this guy throwing this one down on prime-time. Obviously there was some anger directed at this display, so lets see what Watters said in an effort to clear this up.

What?! Really?! Really Guy?! I honestly can’t believe what I just read in that tweet. Is this the worst lie of all time? Has to be right? Like there’s no way that he took time to brew this one up. You think people like me are really that stupid? Like we don’t understand what you really meant? I’m still stunned at this lie. It’s a lie so bad that I just keep sitting and staring at it. I’m more stunned Donald didn’t see this. The President kinda keeps his finger on the pulse when it comes to cable news. I’m kinda pissed he didn’t see this to be honest. I think everyone on the planet would welcome a tweet storm directed at this “pin-head.”

Well we just know if he takes a sudden vacation, it’s probably done for this guy…oh look

 

Buffalo Bills Draft Day Wish List

Draft Day is finally here. I love the draft because to me it’s awesome for two reasons. The first is that to me the draft is the unofficial beginning of the summer. It lets you know that the optimism of the Bills is at its peak right now, and us mafia members will stare at the wall until training camp. The second reason is the fans who attended the draft. They just crack me up. Just because it’s the exact same experience as you would get at home. You literally miss or see nothing that would scream “you gotta be here.” Plus twitter has ruined the draft with announcing picks before they are brought out. But enough of my rambling! Here is the wish list I want in the various situations that could occur tonight.

The Bills Stay at 10

The brutal second half of the season that the Bills had, has left them with the tenth pick. Not the best of situations, but there seems to be plenty of offensive talent in this draft which I’m thankful for. So ideally at pick ten the Bills should take Mike Williams of Clemson.

Mike Williams is what exactly this offense needs. The Bills ground game is one of the best in the NFL, and that isn’t going to change this year either. But simply put, Tyrod Taylor needs more weapons around him if this team is going to have any success. Sure Sammy Watkins has proven he is the Bills number 1. But he has not been able to stay on the field. Without him, the Bills passing attack has been non-existent. Sure they don’t throw much in the first place…but you can’t have Andre Holmes as your prime receiver if Watkins suffers another setback. That is why this pick is needed. Williams has the speed and the size at 6’4 220. He’s the best redzone threat in this draft at the wide receiver position. Williams also has shown to be an effective run blocker, and more importantly can play the slot very well considering his size.

If Williams is taken

If Williams is taken before the Bills can draft. John Ross from Washington is a receiver who stands out. He lacks the size of Williams, but more than makes up for it in his speed. This dude ran a 4.2 at the combine!!! He would be great as a returner on special teams, and would be a natural inside at the slot position.

Although I am really committed to the Bills taking a receiver at this pick. I do believe that the TE positon is also a big possibility at 10. Charles Clay has not been the consistent hands that a conservative quarterback that Tyrod can check down too. He also lacks the size, and the speed that O’s want in today’s NFL. OJ Howard fits this role. He and Nick O’Leary would be ideal in the two TE sets that the Bills run the ball with. He can both run and pass block quite well, but has the hands, size, and speed that would allow him to be a match-up nightmare for defensive schemes. If there is anyone that Howard reminds me of, it’s Julius Thomas when he was with the Broncos.

If the Bills trade down

If the Bills end up trading down. It’s between two Alabama teammates who played on that stellar defense. Reuben Foster and Tim Williams. Both dudes have major red flags when it pertains to their off-field issues. Foster provides the speed and size that is needed for the Bills on the outside, and in their pass coverage at the linebacker position. Williams although undersized, has unbelievable speed off the edge, and just naturally gets too the quarterback. Williams to me is the favorite to win out with Sean McDermott moving back to a 4-3 scheme. Scouts have made the Julius Peppers comparison to Williams before, and getting pressure on the Quarterback is the most important part of any NFL defense.

But for BillsMafia, regardless how tonight unfolds. Just remember that the draft is about laughing at yearly video of horrible Jets picks.

ESPN Cutting 100 On-Air Personalities

Big news coming from the “mother-ship” south of the border.

The reasons for such a public and large layoff?

And this morning it was kinda surreal to watch all of these recognizable personalities live tweet their future with the company.

You can follow the rest of the layoffs that occur throughout the day at https://twitter.com/Ourand_SBJ

Well this is awful news for everyone at Bristol today. I don’t care if you like/hate any of the personalities on this list, anyone who has faced sitting at work and not knowing if you’ll be there tomorrow is a horrible feeling. But this is classic ESPN. They are so late when it comes to the “digital age.” The reason why the blogs and social media are eating away at your coverage is because they actually report on “sports.” Sure they don’t do it in the true “journalistic” way, and usually consist of homerism, and fandom. But they are at least making it fun, which is the point of sports in the first place! It’s also just the simple point of more does not always equal better. ESPN has lived off this for years. Hiring a beat reporter or journalist for every single team, when in reality local coverage will always trump national coverage. It’s not rocket science. People have more options, and more access to the sports coverage they want and when they want it. Don’t get me wrong here, people are still going to watch ESPN and its live sports coverage…just don’t expect them to stick around for the debate show with two people screaming at each other like on CNN.

It’s not surprising that the hockey department at ESPN is getting totally gutted. Barry Melrose showed up once a month for 2 minutes on Sportscenter, and Buccigross had to sneak it on the late edition. It’s a shame for American hockey fans, since LeBrun is an awesome reporter who shows off his personality and does great coverage. TSN will scoop him up so fast which for once, is actually one of the good reasons for the over exposure of NHL coverage here.

But it was also good to see online other people taking in today’s news with a clear mind and a full heart. First starting with walking human Cracker Barrell Tim Brando

Yah, that’s what I thought too. How is Disney gonna fire these people and still keep the view going. Here’s another great take by this CNN guy who looks like he hasn’t showered in a week.

Way to keep this story in perspective folks.

Chris Coghlan Goes Full Superman

What the hell was that?! That was the most dangerous, irresponsible, crazy, insane, play for home I’ve ever seen in baseball. But I’m sitting at my computer screaming MORE! MORE! MORE!

I know baseball purists were mad as hell when Manfred made blocking the plate illegal. Some described it as typical cupcake millennials being soft. But if were getting more of these superman jumps over them, I am so for this. Who cares about making innings shorter, or the pace of the game faster. If you pull a stunt like this off it should count as two runs. I’m even taking it further, I want like a one of those long jump measuring spots that they have in the Olympics. With the further you launch yourself over the catcher for a run the more the run counts. You get players doing that…and I think it’s game over for football come October time.

Raps Demolish Bucks, Regain Momentum

What a win…what a win. Last night was the playoff game that we have been waiting for from this group. Ibaka was blocking and dunking on everyone, Norman cranked up the dial, DeRozan scoring at will, the rotation of Tucker/Carroll disrupting the Bucks, and even Cory Joseph looked great despite having the flu. It might take Dwane Casey some time, but every series he finds an adjustment when it matters the most. If I’m Casey, after this series I’m trying to Norman Powell extended for saving my job. Sure there are some things that keep me up at night. Lowry’s back being so bad that he can’t sit on the bench, but has to lie down on the hardwood is something I mentally need to block out. I can’t handle going to Cleveland with Irving and not having the Lowman at 100%. And if anyone who speaks Lithuanian out there can tell JV to be a MAN IN THE POST. That would calm my fears down a lot. But who cares right? Lets drink in last nights dunk city.

 

 

 

 

 

Bro Shows Up Court-side with “Send Nudes”

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So last night during the Raps huge Dunk-a-thon win over the Bucks. There was some dude court-side wearing quite the shirt. Now as a man who knows class, sophistication, and business, this isn’t your usual court-side attire. The rare times that I leech on with someone who has the floor seats. I’m bringing the heat. That means my hair is on point, my clothes are crisp, and my shoes are Italian. People look at me like I’m showtime Pat Riley, or that I’m Gosling’s twin who couldn’t make it in LA. Sitting court-side to me is the closet that I’ve been to walking down a runway. But now send nudes guy has ruined that. I can’t look at those seats the same after such a loser move that this guy pulled. I’m not even thinking about how big of a win last night was. I’ve been walking around all day going “how ugly is send nudes guy? he has got to be ugly rocking that…and facing the other way…right?” I think after today I went from a court-side guy to a boxlife guy after seeing MLSE let this happen.

A Bit of a Disagreement Happened at Tim Horton’s

Okay so there are two things in this video that struck me. The first is the obvious one. The title of this video is “Toronto Tim Horton’s fight over ten cents.” If you’re in a restaurant and a man is willing to make a scene by screaming about a dime, it’s probably not worth the argument. Just give up the dime. But if that man is willing too not only make a scene, but also smash the glass casing, and then eat a Boston Cream with shards of glass like he’s David Blaine. FOR THE LOVE OF PETE GIVE UP THE DIME! I’m pretty sure at the point he picked up that baton looking thing, I would have been snow shoveling all the dimes I could at this bro. Some things in life I can handle taking the L, this is 1000% one of those situations.

The second thing I noticed, and really is the outrageous crime in this video. Is that the guy filming has outside food inside the Tim’s. Like what is this? Every time I’ve brought in something in and decided it would be nice with a coffee, I always get the “no outside food speech.” And then get forced to buy a crappy bagel that is never toasted. No matter how many times you ask, that thing is coming out warm and drenched in whatever they call butter. But this dude is peeling an avocado right on the table, and whippin up some Greek sandwich in plain sight really grinds my gears. Sure maybe at this point it isn’t on the minds of the staff. But you can’t make exceptions, either your allowed outside food in or your not. This rule not being enforced might finally make me a Starbucks guy after all.