Episode 5 – Message to Dodger Fans, Fantasy Draft Results and NFL Divisional Predictions

In Episode 5, Langston Aron and Craig Aron discuss their fantasy draft in the No Fun League fantasy football league. Craig Aron makes an impassioned case for Dodger fans not to lose their mind with the current losing streak. Finally the Arons make predictions for divisional winners in the NFL.

Kevin Garnett vs. Dirk Nowitzki

The reason behind me writing this piece is that I got into an argument with my friends about who is the best Power Forward of the generation ¬†and who is without a doubt is Tim Duncan with 5 championships, 3 finals MVPs, 2 MVPs, and 15 all star appearances but my friends are big Dirk Nowitzki fans so they said he’s the next best but I believe that Kevin Garnett was and they were being blinded by their fandom and not the play. If you must question that I picked KG for my fandom its nothing like that because I’m a Laker fan through and through and I hate KG for beating the Lakers in the 2008 NBA finals. To compare these great players we should compare their achievements KG 1 championship, 1 MVP, 1 DPOY, 15 all star appearances, 4 first team all NBA, and 9 first team all defensive. Dirk with 1 championships, 1 finals MVP, 1 MVP, 13 all star appearances, and 4 first team all NBA. Very similar accomplishments except KG doesn’t have a finals MVP and that may make Dirk better than KG you’re missing half the game. When you try talk about Dirk’s defense its incomparable to KG who is a monster on D. That’s what makes KG better than Dirk for me if you don’t agree with me, that’s fine but I put it out in front of you why KG is better.

The Kyrie Trade

Kyrie Irving was trade to the Boston Celtics for Isiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic, and the 2018 Brooklyn Nets 1st Round Pick. I believe that the Cleveland Cavaliers won this trade the main reason is they got Brooklyn’s pick which is practically a top 3 pick in this upcoming draft which will give them a good start on their rebuild with everyone thinking Lebron James will leave next off-season. They have Isiah Thomas now, he is signed for only one year which will give Lebron James one more chance to win another title in Cleveland and I believe him and Derrick Rose can match the production of Kyrie Irving. Jae Crowder will give them extra depth and he is signed through the 2019-2020 season. Ante Zizic is rookie who could be developed into a decent player. For Boston I wouldn’t call it a compete loss because they have young group core and a stupid amount of picks that lossing the guys in the trade isn’t a big deal I can tell they’re looking for a way to get past Lebron and why not one of his teamates to lead Boston against him. I don’t know if this team is good enough to beat Lebron and the Cavaliers but I know this is ¬†Kyrie’s team and I’m excited to see what he does. For the small group of people who think Gordon Hayward is the MAN of Boston with Isiah Thomas being traded away, you must be on something. First Kyrie is better than Isiah Thomas so I don’t know why it wouldn’t be Kyrie. Second Kyrie wanted to leave Cleveland to lead his own team, to not be Lebron’s side kick and you think he’s gonna go to Boston and be Gordon Hayward side kick you are insane. Gordon Hayward isn’t even comparable to a player like Lebron James and I think that Lebron caliber are the only players who are good enough players to make Kyrie their side kick. All in all, it was a good addition for the Celtics to add an allstar like Kyrie to the roster who has been to the Finals the last three years to lead your team and did I mention that he only 25.

Don’t Blame Rich Hill or Dave Roberts for losing the no-hitter

The Dodgers lost to the Pirates 1-0 when Rich Hill gave up the Pirates’ only hit. It just happened to be a Josh Harrison home run. I am sure there are going to be some who say that this loss falls on Dave Roberts for sending Rich Hill out in the tenth inning. The blame lies squarely with the Dodgers hitters who went 0 for 9 with runners in scoring position and left 11 men on base.

This game should have never gone ten innings. In total, the Dodgers left 25 men on base compared to the one man who got on base for the Pirates. Chase Utley left 5 men on base. Logan Forsythe and Curtis Granderson left 4 men on base. Cory Seager left 3 men on base.

The defense kept things together with some great players by Adrian Gonzalez and Utley. However they could not overcome the lack of hitting.

Episode 3 – Basketball Terminology & Mock Draft Monday

Langston Aron and Craig Aron discuss some basketball terminology they use as part of the 1A Sports Podcast and their most recent mock drafts. When it comes to terminology, you have to understand when we say that a basketball player is “Dead to Me” and when a player is a “Bullfighter”. Get ready for your upcoming draft by learning from their picks and analysis of their decisions.

What Happens to the Dodgers When Adrian Gonzalez and Andre Ethier Come Back?

Adrian Gonzalez will come off the disabled list at some point this weekend. What will happen is Rob Segedin will be sent back to AAA. The real question is what happens to the Dodgers lineup. You know the guys who seemed to play a whole lot better once Adrian took some time off to get healthy.

Keep Adrian on the Bench

The ideal role for Adrian Gonzalez is left-handed pinch hitter off the bench. He is most valuable as a veteran with playoff experience who can come in late in tight playoff games and get a clutch hit.

Do you put Gonzalez Right Back in at First Base?

I have to confess…I am not a fan of putting Adrian back at first base. While Cody Bellinger can play left field, he is and MVP candidate and he is comfortable at first base. While he on his rehabilitation assignment, Adrian Gonzalez was not hitting like an MVP candidate. If Adrian were a right-handed hitter, maybe they could platoon and give Cody some days off since they will probably clinch the division in early September. However this is not the case. If you play Adrian at first base, Bellinger moves to left field and then you have the dilemma of moving Christ Taylor to center field and sitting Joc Pederson. I am not a fan of the Bellinger/Taylor outfield. Love the bats; not sure about the gloves. I know Pederson is not hitting. I would sacrifice the offense to have a solid defense up the middle.

Maybe You Don’t Play Him at All.

Things are going so good and maybe you don’t want to mess it up.

What About Ethier?

A bigger problem exists when Andre Ethier comes off the disabled list. Who do you send to AAA? Fortunately the Chris Hatcher trade didn’t make this an issue for Adrian Gonzalez’s return. However Ethier’s return causes a bigger problem. As things stand, who on the current roster is Andre Ethier more valuable than? I would designate him for assignment if it was my decision.