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ON BLAST PODCAST – BALL ON BLAST EP.1

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OnBlastPodcast.Wordpress.com for old episodes as well as video content. In this the debut episode of “Ball on Blast”, Sheldon and Andrew get you set for the upcoming NBA season #BallOnBlast

00 – The biggest moves of the off season
1:30 – Will the James Harden/Chris Paul backcourt work and are the Clippers dead?
6:13 – Eastern Conference preview and can the Sixers be a top 5 team?
17:59 – Western Conference preview and are the TWolves for real?
21:49 – Can Russ, PG and Melo be successful in OKC?
28:00 – Our Preseason pick for NBA MVP

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WEEK 3 NFL FIX

 

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Ok so it’s been a crazy week.  Came back from a wedding in Cancun on Wednesday, back to work Thursday.  Recorded our #YouKilledIt podcast about MTV’s The Challenge last night, edited the podcast overnight:

https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/09/22/you-killed-it-ep-32-dont-be-the-first-to-fall-asleep/

and then back to work on Friday.  And now I’m here for week 3 of our #OnBlast NFL picks.  First off, shout out to the Niners for one of the strangest covers in recent memory.  And yes I did have the Niners +3 over the Rams.  Don’t forget my Thursday night football picks are always on my Instagram page sometime BEFORE kickoff: https://www.instagram.com/p/BZUlokwHTH9/?taken-by=sheldonalexander

The Niners might be “the good” bad team this year.  They’ll lose games, but they’re frisky and hang around…and cover spreads.

Either way, that moves me to 2-1 on #TNF for the season and continues the hot streak.  I’ve bounced back from a rough start to the season with an 11-5 week 2 performance.  So let’s keep things going.

HOME TEAMS IN CAPS

Ravens -3.5 over JAGS (In London)

The Ravens D is LEGIT and so next up is…Blake Bortles…I’ll take it.  Can’t lie, the extra half point has me nervous….but I’d need at least a TD if I were to bet on the Jags here.

Falcons -3 over LIONS

Matt Stafford has looked great this season, but I’m still not a believer until they beat someone better than the Cardinals or Giants.  Detroit native Draymond Green isn’t one to shy away from a great quote.  Warrior’s media day took place on Friday and Draymond was asked what he said to Kevin Durant after he found out about his “twitter-gate” saga.  Let’s just say Mr. Green didn’t disappoint

Never change Draymond….never change.

COLTS +1.5 over Browns

How can I possibly take the Browns as favourites against anybody?  Nope, not even against the Colts.  Serious question, when was the last time the Browns were ROAD FAVOURITES?!?!?! Also, interesting note: Hue Jackson is 2-22 as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.  CLEEEEEEEVVVLANNNND THIS IS FOR YOOOOUUUUUUUUUU.  Side note, I’m so in on the Indians, so my tradition of writing about other Cleveland teams while betting against the Browns will continue for yet another season.

BILLS +3 over Broncos

Of course we all love home dogs and so I wanted to take the Bills here.  But for some reason, I can picture myself getting so upset on Sunday afternoon after being let down by Buffalo yet again.  I mean of course they’d let me down….it’s the Bills right?  So, based off of that look into the future and the fact the Broncos D dominated the Cowboys running game, I was gonna roll with Von and company.  And then I remembered this magical video….

How can I go against love…never change Bills Mafia.  Never Change

Texans +14 over PATS

Too many points.  Normally I just take the double digit points automatically, but in this case I have to take the Texans because I’m just not sure the Pats are as good as they looked last week.  Brady lit up the Saints in the first half, but the Texans should be able to slow down the Pats at least a little bit….or at least to cover two touchdowns.

Dolphins -6 over JETS

Under normal circumstances I’d take the Jets as home dogs in a divisional game.  But Jay Cutler looked solid in his debut against the Chargers…..and oh yeah….the Jets stink.  Maybe they should sign this High School kid Cameron Baker from Iowa.

Saints +5.5 over PANTHERS

Cam hasn’t looked good at all this season.  He’ll bust out eventually, but I just don’t think it will be this week against a division rival.  Also, I just can’t see the Saints going 0-3 and the Panthers going 3-0.  But that’s just me, so I’m taking the points.

Giants +6 over EAGLES

If the Giants go 0-3 they’re in BIG trouble in the NFC East and your boy Ben McAdoo might be out of a job.  Odell needs to do something soon because my fantasy team depends on it.  But while the city of New York searches for answers, one man may have already found the problem.  And his name is Don La Greca

Steelers -7 over BEARS

I think I’m going to fade the Bears for the next few weeks in my survivor pool.  At least until Money Mitch gets a chance.  And yes I just made up the nickname Money Mitch.

Bucs -2.5 over VIKINGS

Are the Bucs for real?  I’m not sure, but I’m interested to see their offence go up against that Vikings D.  Sam Bradford isn’t that good….but him being out forces me to go with the Bucs here.

Seahawks +3 over TITANS

I feel like I’m taking way too many road teams this week.  Something’s gotta give right?  How did the Seahawks almost lose to the Niners?  I’m giving the Seahawks one more week and on top of that…..I’ll fully believe in the Titans going forward if they put in work against the Legion of Boom.

Bengals +7.5 over PACKERS

The Packers are banged up and I love the extra half point the Bengals are getting as everyone begins to write the Andy Dalton obit pieces.  Hopefully their new offensive coordinator can figure out how to feed AJ Green the ball.

Chiefs -3 over CHARGERS

The Chargers move to LA hasn’t gone too well, as they have nothing even close to a home field advantage.  LA is and will always be only a Lakers town.  Speaking of the Lakers, Derek Fisher is on Dancing with the Stars.  To be honest, I question if Derek Fisher has any real friends, because honestly would you let one of your boys do this on national tv?

Raiders -3 over WASHINGTON

I’m taking the Raiders just because of Derek Carr’s performance in this commercial for the Educational Employees Credit Union

Cowboys -3 over CARDS

This public service announcement is brought to you by the good people at the #OnBlast Podcast:

THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY ROAD FAVOURITES THIS WEEK, SO BE VERY VERY CAREFUL WHEN GAMBLING ON SUNDAY!!!!!

You’ve been warned.

#HappyShmoneyDancing my friends

@ShelAlexander

This week 1-0

Last week 11-5

This Season 16-16

 

 

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ON BLAST PODCAST S3 E10 – I MISS THE OLD NBA (FINALS RECAP)

Kevin Durant won finals MVP as the Golden State Warriors ran over the Cleveland Cavaliers to win another NBA Championship, but did the fans enjoy the NBA season, playoffs or finals? In this episode, Sheldon decides to try something new and “cold calls” his friends asking their opinions on the “New NBA”. Let us know what you think and whether you agree or disagree with the callers.

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ON BLAST PODCAST S3 E9 – NBA FINALS & CHILL

In this episode Sheldon and Webster talk about the NBA Finals and the Cavs chances at coming back during this series as well as:

00 – NBA FINALS: IS THE SERIES OVER? IS KD THE BEST PLAYER IN THE NBA?
22:30 – PK SUBBAN VS SIDNEY CROSBY, CARRIE UNDERWOOD AND SMASHVILLE
30:00 – IF THE WARRIORS SWEEP THE CAVS, IS THIS GOOD FOR THE NBA?
36:00 – WHAT SHOULD THE RAPTORS DO THIS OFF SEASON
44:00 – WEBBY IS READY FOR THE NFL & HOW GOOD IS JOSH DONALDSON
48:35 – WHAT SHOWS ARE WE WATCHING?
50:30 – WHY YOU SHOULD BE WATCHING THE CHALLENGE CHAMPS VS PROS

Also for more on LeBron and the NBA Finals:

https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/05/31/i-was-going-to-write-about-the-nba-finals-but-then/

And the Toronto Raptors offseason:

https://onblastpodcast.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/masai-ujiri-kyle-lowry-kendricks-and-loyalty/

Let us know what you think and follow us on twitter
@ShelAlexander and @awebster84

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I WAS GOING TO WRITE ABOUT THE NBA FINALS, BUT THEN….

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My plan was to write about the NBA finals.  To preview the 3rd installment of the Cavs and Warriors.  To break down LeBron surpassing MJ or KD getting his first ring.  That was my plan.  I had it all figured out, I was going to give you all of the reasons why I thought LeBron James and the Cavs were going to upset the Warriors and repeat as NBA champs.  And then this came across my timeline:

Suddenly whoever puts a ball through a hoop more times than the other matters a whole lot less.  Now I’m sure some people read the exact same headline and brushed it off as hyperbole or insignificant because “He’s rich and famous, he should be used to haters” or “It was probably just some random idiot”.   I’m sure it might have been easy for some of you to scroll right on by…and I’m sorry to be this blunt, but…

YOU’RE FUCKING MISSING THE POINT.

If someone who is at the top of his game, at the highest level of success in not only his field, but in life in general…If someone like LeBron James at the end of the day is still looked at by some as simply a “Nigger”.  Then what chance do the rest of us have.  Seriously stop and think about that message for a second.

“Even if you in a Benz, you still a nigga in a coupe” – Kanye West (All Falls Down)

Those words from Mr. West have always stuck with me as a reminder that no matter what I do or what I accomplish, to some at the end of the day I will always just be different.  But not just different, different with a negative connotation.  We both can wear jeans and t-shirts, but my jeans and t-shirts will always be different.  The worst part about this is, we’ve been told all of our lives “that’s just the way it is.  There will always be racist people in the world” And I’m always forced to fire back with, WHY?  Why are we just supposed to accept that some people are just blatantly ignorant and that others are just as ignorant…but only behind closed doors?  Why is that something that we should still be “accepting” in 2017?  Some may not understand this, but again what chance do the rest of us honestly have if that’s how LeBron James is perceived?  Think about it, we talk more about his hairline than we do about the $41 Million that he spent to send over a 1000 kids to college.

Just a few months ago, LeBron starred in a Nike campaign that centered on the concept of “Equality”

It was a powerful ad to some and to others just another attempt to sell shoes.  Regardless of which side of that you fall on, the irony of watching that same man sit in front of a group of media and recite the story of Emmett Till’s open casket was heart wrenching to say the least.

Of course he’s an athlete in the spotlight, but he’s also a human being who no doubt has to be worried about the safety of his family.  On the flip side, he’s also a man that wants to be known for more than what he does on a basketball court.   He’s aware of the platform the sport brings and lately hasn’t been shy about using it to deliver a message.

Basketball and sports in general, are supposed to be an escape from the negativity that plagues us in the real world.  But over the past few years, it’s also been an important reminder of the stage it can bring when explaining social issues.  As much as we debate the role race plays in “Why PK Subban doesn’t fit into hockey culture”….we all know deep down that language is coded at best.  Same thing for LeBron and his “posse” or Colin Kaepernick “disrespecting” the anthem and obviously for Boston fans and their relationship with Adam Jones.   Many people confuse these things with having to be “uber-politically correct” in 2017.  But in reality it’s much more about being honest with ourselves about what’s really going on.  Words have meaning.  Maybe some of us have forgotten that elementary school lesson, but that’s why LeBron James’ words today were so important.

He’s arguably the greatest athlete of his generation and on the eve of one of the biggest games of his life, he’s forced to answer questions about some jack ass spray painting “Nigger” on his front gate.  Again, stop and think about the ridiculous nature of that sentence.  You can hear the pain in his voice and I honestly don’t know how he was able to keep it together, much less articulate so eloquently the importance of the role he now understands he plays, in terms of keeping this discussion in the main stream.  It would be so easy to give a “no comment” or to say something as generic as “the police are handling it”.  But that’s not LeBron James.  At least it’s not person we’ve watched mature into the man who stood on stage with his brothers at an award show last year, to deliver an extremely important message at a very delicate time in our history.

Some will always ask, what is he REALLY DOING?  Or question whether he could be doing more.  But how about we stop and appreciate what is actually being done.  You see, the simple act of acknowledging this pathetic act, forces the media worldwide to discuss the topic of racism, while they promote the biggest basketball games of year.  And that’s the part people often miss.  While racism continues to be a huge problem, the even bigger issue is the reluctance by many to acknowledge the fact of it being a problem in the first place.  Racism can’t go away until we all admit that it still exists.  That’s when we can all demand that it stops.  I know this all seems like a crazy concept, especially when you consider the campaign ran by the current leader of the free world.  But again, until we all understand that it’s a very real problem…nothing will ever change.

So as I said, I was going to write about who was going to win the NBA Finals and then racism reared its ugly head yet again.  Some of you might be thinking “why does race always have to be a thing, let’s just enjoy basketball” and others might be smart enough to realize that some don’t get the chance to have it “not be a thing”.  Of course I could have went ahead and written about the finals and focused on the positives of having basketball as an escape, but to be honest…I’m so tired of being told to “accept it” and that’s what we all do to a certain extent the longer we allow racism to exist in our society.   I don’t have much of a platform, but I’m going to use the little one that I do have to say that I’m fed up and sick and tired of having to explain racism.  But it doesn’t mean I’m going to stop, despite always being worried about how I will be received.  Imagine how fucked up our society is when a segment of the population is made to feel bad about discussing their insecurities.  Insecurities due to things far beyond their own control.  Yes people should be upset about the act of racial slurs being plastered on a black family’s front gate.  But shouldn’t the other people that live around the James’ LA home be even angrier that something of that nature took place in their neighborhood?  Shouldn’t Boston fans be more upset that someone felt they were in a safe enough space that they could yell “Nigger” at Adam Jones?  Do you see where I’m going here?  This isn’t just an issue about how black people deal with racism, it’s about how we as a society will eventually demand that it stops.  You see equality is an interesting concept that many don’t really understand.  It’s not about just having a “token black guy” in your office.  True equality would be getting to the point where someone is a “shitty worker” who just happens to be black….just as I’m sure there are shitty workers in your office who just happen to be white.  Maybe as you look up from your computer screen you’ll get a better understanding of what I’m trying to say…or maybe not.

Maybe a better example of inequality is like that Chris Rock bit where he talks about the rich neighbourhood he lives in….well I’ll let Mr. Rock tell the joke.

They say there’s some truth in every joke and maybe by now I hope I’m starting to make a little more sense to you in terms of opening up the dialogue. Or again…maybe not.  Maybe I’m rambling, because I’m frustrated.  Maybe you’ll just continue to complain about how long it’s taking for the NBA finals to start, so that we can all go back to talking about the games.  But maybe, just maybe… it’s time we all realize the need to start complaining about racism and how that’s the game that really needs to come to an end. Cause if that’s how “they” feel about LeBron….then what do “they” think of me.

“No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, being black in America is tough” – LeBron James 

As always, just my thoughts.  Right or wrong.  Just how I’m feeling at the time.

And oh yeah…Cavs in 6.

@ShelAlexander

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