Category Archives: Sports

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Sports – 2017 NFL Predictions

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The 2017 NFL season is almost upon us, with Free Agency and the Draft complete, Training Camps beginning, and the Regular Season right around the corner.  It’s time for Olie’s Too Early To Tell Season Predictions!  Here’s to another great year!

AFC Division Winners





NFC Division Winners





AFC Wild Cards

NFC Wild Cards

Super Bowl





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Sports – 2017 MLB All Star Break

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In March, I predicted the winners of each MLB division, as well as the Wild Card teams and the World Series contenders.  Now that we’re about halfway through the season and the All Star Break is upon us, let’s take a look at what would happen were the season to end today.

AL East – Boston Red Sox


AL Central – Cleveland Indians

AL West – Houston Astros

NL East – Washington Nationals

NL Central – Milwaukee Brewers

NL West – Los Angeles Dodgers

Wild Cards

World Series






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Sports – NFL Rookies 2017 Top 20 First Look

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DE Myles Garrett – Cleveland Browns

QB Mitchell Trubisky – Chicago Bears

DE Solomon Thomas – San Francisco 49ers

RB Leonard Fournette – Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Corey Davis – Tennessee Titans

S Jamal Adams – New York Jets

WR Mike Williams – Los Angeles Chargers

RB Christian McCaffrey – Carolina Panthers

WR John Ross – Cincinnati Bengals

QB Patrick Mahomes – Kansas City Chiefs

CB Marshon Lattimore – New Orleans Saints

QB Deshaun Watson – Houston Texans

LB Haason Reddick – Arizona Cardinals

DE Derek Barnett – Philadelphia Eagles

S Malik Hooker – Indianapolis Colts

CB Marlon Humphrey – Baltimore Ravens

DE Jonathan Allen – Washington Redskins

CB Adoree Jackson – Tennessee Titans

TE O.J. Howard – Tampa Bay Buccaneers

OT Garett Bolles – Denver Broncos




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Sports – Super Bowl 52 Odds

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The NFL has already begun in earnest, at least to super fans, with the opening of Free Agency and the completion of the NFL Draft.  Now it’s on to Rookie camps, Mini-camps, OTAs, all the prep work for a long & grueling season.  In July, we’ll have the start of Training camps, in August the Preseason, and in September the Regular season begins.  The end of the year, culminating in the 52nd Super Bowl, might seem a long way off, but February will come quickly, and in Las Vegas at least, odds-makers are preparing to call the game.  Here are the current Super Bowl odds according to Bovada:

1. New England Patriots – 5/1


2. Dallas Cowboys – 9/1

3. Green Bay Packers – 9/1

4. Pittsburgh Steelers– 12/1

5. Atlanta Falcons – 14/1

6. Denver Broncos – 16/1

7. Minnesota Vikings – 16/1

8. Oakland Raiders – 16/1

9. Seattle Seahawks – 16/1

10. Carolina Panthers – 25/1

11. Indianapolis Colts – 25/1


12. Kansas City Chiefs – 25/1


13. New York Giants – 25/1


14. Arizona Cardinals – 33/1

15. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – 33/1

16. Baltimore Ravens – 40/1


17. Detroit Lions – 40/1

18. Houston Texans – 40/1

19. Cincinnati Bengals – 50/1

20. Miami Dolphins – 50/1

21. New Orleans Saints – 50/1

22. Philadelphia Eagles – 50/1

23. Tennessee Titans – 50/1

24. Washington Redskins –50/1

25. Buffalo Bills – 66/1

26. Jacksonville Jaguars – 66/1


27. Los Angeles Chargers – 66/1

28. Los Angeles Rams – 75/1

29. New York Jets – 75/1

30. Chicago Bears – 100/1

31. San Francisco 49ers – 150/1

32. Cleveland Browns – 150/1




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Sports – 2017 NFL Draft Recap

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The 2017 NFL Draft is complete.  Seven rounds, three days, numerous trades, two hundred and fifty six of players chosen, and thirty two teams with new players on their rosters.  In my Mock Draft, I attempted to predict the first round, and of course I got it mostly wrong.  It was fun to guess, but here’s how the first round really shook out:

1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M

2. Chicago Bears –Mitchell Trubisky, QB UNC

3. San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford

4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette, RB LSU

5. Tennessee Titans – Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan

6. New York Jets – Jamal Adams, S LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers – Mike Williams, WR Clemson

8. Carolina Panthers – Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals – John Ross, WR Washington

10. Kansas City Chiefs – Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech

11. New Orleans Saints – Marshon Lattimore, CB OSU

12. Houston Texans – Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson

13. Arizona Cardinals – Haason Riddick, LB Temple

14. Philadelphia Eagles – Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee

15. Indianapolis Colts – Malik Hooker, S OSU

16. Baltimore Ravens – Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabama

17. Washington Redskins – Jonathan Allen, DE Alabama

18. Tennessee Titans –Adoree Jackson, CB USC

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – O.J. Howard, TE Alabama

20. Denver Broncos – Garett Bolles, OT Utah

21. Detroit Lions – Jarrad Davis, LB Florida

22. Miami Dolphins – Charles Harris, LB Missouri

23. New York Giants – Evan Engram, TE Mississippi

24. Oakland Raiders – Gareon Conley, CB OSU

25. Cleveland Browns –Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan

26. Atlanta Falcons – Takkarist McKinley, DE UCLA

27. Buffalo Bills – Tre’Davious White, CB LSU

28. Dallas Cowboys – Taco Charlton, DE Michigan

29. Cleveland Browns – David Njoku, TE Miami

30. Pittsburgh Steelers – T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin

31. San Francisco 49ers – Reuben Foster, LB Alabama

32. New Orleans Saints –Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin








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Sports – 2017 NFL Draft

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Football is almost here!  It’s just a matter of time before the season begins.  The first step was Free Agency, the second was the Schedule.  And now the Draft!  This Thursday @ 8:00 pm the 1st Round of the Draft will be on in prime time and I’ll be glued to the television.  This is a very interesting draft class and it’s hard to predict who each team will pick, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have fun trying.  So, based on the opinions of experts and my own uneducated musings (and barring any draft spot trades) here it is, Olie’s 2017 Mock Draft:

1. Cleveland Browns – Myles Garrett, DE Texas A&M

2. San Francisco 49ers – Solomon Thomas, DE Stanford

3. Chicago Bears – Marshon Lattimore, CB OSU

4. Jacksonville Jaguars – Leonard Fournette, RB LSU

5. Tennessee Titans – Mike Williams, WR Clemson

6. New York Jets – Jamal Adams, S LSU

7. Los Angeles Chargers – Malik Hooker, S OSU

8. Carolina Panthers – Christian McCaffrey, RB Stanford

9. Cincinnati Bengals – Jonathan Allen, DE Alabama

10. Buffalo Bills – O.J. Howard, TE Alabama

11. New Orleans Saints – Derek Barnett, DE Tennessee

12. Cleveland Browns – Mitchell Trubisky, QB UNC

13. Arizona Cardinals – Corey Davis, WR Western Michigan

14. Philadelphia Eagles – Tre’Davious White, CB LSU

15. Indianapolis Colts – Takkarist McKinley, DE UCLA

16. Baltimore Ravens – Reuben Foster, LB Alabama

17. Washington Redskins – Haason Riddick, LB Temple

18. Tennessee Titans – Marlon Humphrey, CB Alabama

19. Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Dalvin Cook, RB FSU

20. Denver Broncos – Ryan Ramczyk, OT Wisconsin

21. Detroit Lions – Jarrad Davis, LB Florida

22. Miami Dolphins – Jabrill Peppers, S Michigan

23. New York Giants – Cam Robinson, OT Alabama

24. Oakland Raiders – Zach Cunningham, LB Vanderbilt

25. Houston Texans – Patrick Mahomes, QB Texas Tech

26. Seattle Seahawks – Taco Charlton, DE Michigan


27. Kansas City Chiefs – Alvin Kamara, RB Tennessee

28. Dallas Cowboys – Adoree Jackson, CB USC

29. Green Bay Packers – Quincy Wilson, CB Florida

30. Pittsburgh Steelers – T.J. Watt, LB Wisconsin

31. Atlanta Falcons – Forrest Lamp, OG Western Kentucky

32. New Orleans Saints – Deshaun Watson, QB Clemson

Notes: 1) The Rams, the Vikings, and the Patriots have no 1st Round picks, having given them to the Titans, the Browns (via the Eagles), and the Saints, respectively.  Those latter teams now have two 1st Round picks each.  2) If the Browns select Trubisky instead of Garrett with the 1st overall pick, all bets are off for the rest of the Draft.











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Sports – 2017 NFL Schedule

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The NFL schedule was released for the 2017 season, and there are so many marquee matchups that I might not be able to stand it.  The Broncos, who are of course my team, have a very entertaining schedule, as does seemingly every club in the league.  With the Draft coming up in a week and preseason just around the corner, I’m starting to get excited for what should be another excellent NFL season.  Check out for a complete run-down, but here are a few of the meetings that I am most anticipating:

Week 1 – Seahawks vs Packers

Week 2 – Cowboys vs Broncos

Week 3 – Saints vs Panthers

Week 4 – Steelers vs Ravens

Week 5 – Packers vs Cowboys

Week 6 – Giants vs Broncos

Week 7 – Falcons vs Patriots

Week 8 – Colts vs Bengals

Week 9 – Chiefs vs Cowboys

Week 10 – Patriots vs Broncos

Week 11 – Falcons vs Seahawks

Week 12 – Giants vs Redskins

Week 13 – Steelers vs Bengals

Week 14 – Raiders vs Chiefs

Week 15 – Cowboys vs Raiders

Week 16 – Colts vs Ravens

Week 17 – Cardinals vs Seahawks


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Sports – NHL Playoffs 2017

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NFL Football, Major League Baseball, and NCAA Basketball take up way too much of my sporting time & energy for there to be much left for the NHL.  But come playoff time, there’s always a piece of me that becomes interested.  So, once again, it’s time to grow a beard, chip a tooth, drink a beer, and root for your favorite hockey team.  Here are my predictions for the 2017 NHL Playoffs:

Western Conference Finals

Eastern Conference Finals







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Sports – World Series

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Spring Training is completed, and the 2017 MLB season has officially begun.  Last year saw an incredible comeback from the Chicago Cubs in the World Series, breaking a curse that seemed insurmountable, setting the stage for some wacky postseason finishes across the world of sports.  This year should be no less exciting, as the Cubs attempt to hold on to the trophy, while every other team in the league nips at their heals.  Let’s take a look at each clubs odds of taking the most coveted award in the sport, a World Series Championship.

Chicago Cubs: +450

Boston Red Sox: +450

Los Angeles Dodgers: +900

Cleveland Indians: +900

Washington Nationals: +1100

San Francisco Giants: +1100

Houston Astros: +1400

New York Mets: +1400

Toronto Blue Jays: +2200

St. Louis Cardinals: +2500

New York Yankees: +2500

Texas Rangers: +2800

Detroit Tigers: +2800

Seattle Mariners: +3300

Baltimore Orioles: +3300

Kansas City Royals: +3300

Colorado Rockies: +4000

Los Angeles Angels: +4000

Pittsburgh Pirates: +5000

Arizona Diamondbacks: +7500

Miami Marlins: +7500

Atlanta Braves: +7500

Tampa Bay Rays: +10000

Chicago White Sox: +10000

Minnesota Twins: +12500

Oakland Athletics: +15000

Philadelphia Phillies: +15000

San Diego Padres: +15000

Milwaukee Brewers: +20000

Cincinnati Reds: +20000

The Cubs were, by far, MLB‘s hottest team last season, and they don’t seem to have lost any momentum heading into 2017.  They’ll look to repeat their amazing performance this October, and should be the odds-on favorite to grab another World Series Championship.  The Indians, their opponents last year, were a big surprise, but perhaps should not have been, given the time manager Terry Francona has spent improving his club, preparing them to rise up from obscurity into the ranks of the best teams in the league.  Can they return, or will other clubs make a bigger splash this year?  The Red Sox have the best statistical chance in the AL, with the Dodgers, Nationals, and Giants set to battle it out deep into the NL playoffs.  Major League Baseball is never static, free agent moves and emerging talent always playing a big role in underdogs becoming division winners, so don’t count out your favorite team if they had a quiet 2016.  This is a brand new season, an empty slate on which will be written a new chapter of hardball history.

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Sports – Opening Day 2017

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Baseball is back! Opening Night has come and gone, Opening Day as well, and the season is in full swing, with each club ready to make a run at the World Series.  The Cubs and the Indians are the teams to beat, but each team has an equal chance early on and will be trying their best to win early & often.  Let’s take a look at the first games of the 2017 season.

NYY 3 @ TB 7 – Tanaka tanks early, Longoria & Morrison homer.

SF 5 @ Ari 6 – Bum Ks 11, hits 2 HRs, but Melancon blows the save.

ChC 3 @ StL 4 – Grichuk saves the day with a HR and a walkoff.

Mia 2 @ Wsh 4 – Marlins strike early, but Nats win late.

Atl 0 @ NYM 6 – Mets score 6 in 7th in a rout.

Pit 3 @ Bos 5 – Porcello outduels Cole, with a Kimbrel save

Col 7 @ Mil 5 – Brewers commit 3 errors and lose at home.

Tor 2 @ Bal 3 – Trumbo homers in the 11th to win it.

SD 3 @ LAD 14 – Kershaw & the Doders pummel the Padres.

Phi 4 @ Cin 3 – Feldman and the Reds lose their home opener.

KC 1 @ Min 7 – Strahm’s 108.0 ERA crashes the Royals.

Cle 8 @ Tex 5 – Tribe surges late, despite Odor’s 2 HRs.

Sea 0 @ Hou 3 – Keuchel perfect, Mariners only manage 3 hits.

LAA 2 @ Oak 4 – Khris Davis smashes a pair in a win.

Det @ CWS – Postponed