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The Everyday Mailbag-1/18/12

Welcome back everyone! The Everyday Mailbag is back folks! And I’ve got some great questions! Without any further adieu, here are this week’s questions!

Q: Will the Jets Mark Sanchez survive another year?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I don’t think he does. Next year could quite possibly be it for him in New York because with him at QB, I don’t think they will ever be a team that will threaten you on a consistent basis in the passing game. Now he does have all next year to prove me wrong, but I don’t know if I see Sanchez doing that.

Q: ‎​Will Donovan McNabb be in the NFL next season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: I will say this, if Kyle Boller is still playing in the NFL, then McNabb should be too. But I just have a feeling McNabb will be on a pre-game show for some network next year.

Q: Should Locker sit another year behind Hasselbeck or should there be open competition for the starting position next season?
-Getahn W., Nashville, TN

A: I think that it would surprise me if Locker gets a chance to be the starting QB. At one point, I did say that you keep Hasselbeck to be a backup QB next year, but in retrospect, I will say that Hasselbeck will start next year unless things get bad. If that happens, Locker will be the starter.

Q: Who is the Rookie of the Year so far in the NBA?
-Tiffany P., Antioch, TN

A: To me, its between Ricky Rubio and Norris Cole right now. Both are PGs and both have made both of their teams better and been very important in the success of their teams. Another guy that deserves some Rookie of the Year mention is Knicks G Iman Shumpert. He has been playing pretty well so far this year.

Q: Give me your top 5 draft picks and what the Steelers and the Cowboys need for next year. I think defensive back help is needed for both teams.
-Lyorant T., Antioch, TN

A: Well, I will say that it’s a little early for the Top 5 picks, but the guys that will definitely be in the Top 5 are Alabama RB Trent Richardson, Stanford QB Andrew Luck and USC OT Matt Khalil. Other than these three, I believe Baylor QB Robert Griffin III or LSU CB Morris Claiborne will be cracking the Top 5 as well, but that’s not a guarantee for these two purely based on what teams need. One position that you mentioned for Pittsburgh and Dallas to look at in the draft was defensive back. I think that the more pressing need for Pittsburgh is offensive line help. Then they need to get a DB after that. As far as Dallas, they need help at all levels of their defense, not just the defensive backfield.

Q: What’s going on the with the Lady Vols subpar play this year?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think this answer is two-fold. The Lady Vols don’t get as much talent that they used to get because there are many other viable programs out there across the country. The second factor is that Pat Summitt isn’t exactly the same person on the sidelines. I’m not trying to downgrade or talk bad about Patt Summitt. I think she’s one of the greatest coaches to ever coach, male or female. But, it just seems like she isn’t her usual self on the sidelines this year and that is affecting her team somewhat.

Thanks to all who read and contributed this week. Hopefully there will be even more people contribute next week! And to who view my mailbag, just remember if you have sports questions, I have answers!

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The Everyday Mailbag- 1/4/11

The NFL season has come to an end and the second season begins. The NBA is exciting a lot of people as well so far. And just like these captivating sports, the mailbag is full of excitement and interesting questions!

Q: Who has been the most disappointing team in the NBA thus far this season?
-Ryan J., Henning, TN

A: I think that the Mavericks have been very disappointing. With the pieces they have, they should be scoring more points and they should be able to outscore people. Instead, they look like they’re asleep at the wheel a lot. Another team that I would say has been disappointing as well is the New York Knicks. They need to get it together as soon as possible to be considered a legit title contender.

Q: Which “big name” coach in waiting do you see taking an opening, if any which spot?
-Jabbar L., Nashville, TN

A: I know that Jeff Fisher will be the number one choice for a lot of teams and he will be the first coach that’s waiting on a job to be hired. He’s already reportedly interviewed for the Rams, Dolphins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers want to interview him as well.

Q: Should a player who gets ejected from a bowl game still win the MVP (ex: Alshon Jeffrey)?
-Ricky K., Syracuse, NY

A: No way a player that gets ejected win the MVP of a bowl game. In my estimation, for as much as you give your team, you also give a lot away and become selfish when you put your own personal agenda ahead of the team.

Q: ‎​What are the Colts doing? They fire their whole team management staff(the Polians). Anything to do with Peyton Manning and the NFL draft?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that if you lose one player and your whole team tanks because of one player, then that’s an indictment on the GM and management staff as to what they have or haven’t brought in to make the team complete. I think that’s where this decision comes from, not what they want to do in the raft and Manning’s future.

Q: How well do you think the Tennessee Titans will do in the upcoming draft?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think the Titans will do just fine. Mike Reinfelt seems to pick the right pieces through the draft and I think he will find the safety and offensive line help that he needs in the draft or in the free agent market.

Q: Do you think tht the Colts made a bad move by letting their GM & Vice President go????
-Jason J., Memphis, TN

A: I think the Colts made a good move by letting the Polians go. Its time to turn the page.

Q: The New York Knicks made a nice move getting Tyson Chandler, but he’s not a shooter. Would you say they need someone else to help Melo with scoring?
-Lee L., Chicago,IL

A: I don’t think they need help with scoring. Amare will be back in a few to help that scoring out. Hopefully for Knicks fans, Tyson will get it figured out defensively because the Knicks are getting smacked around on the boards and not playing good defense.

Thanks to all that sent in questions and remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers.

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The Everyday Mailbag- 12/28/11

Basketball season is here! The NBA just cranked up. Sadly, the NFL is gearing down. But in between the excitement for the beginning of a new NBA season and the movement towards the NFL playoffs, there are plenty of questions that arise. Let’s see what the Sports World wants to know!

Q: Do you think 35 bowl games is too many?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I do think that 35 bowl games are too many. I believe that going to a bowl game has lost its specialness and that eventually, there may be some bowl games cut. I think that’s only right.

Q: What’s the more impressive record breaking season? Marino in 1984 or Drew Brees in 2011? Obviously the year they set/broke passing records.
-Andrew V., Frederick, MD

A: I think that Marino’s was more impressive. Marino played in an era where DBs could hold and grab and physically assault receivers out there and he still put up numbers. Brees breaking the yardage record is impressive, but the game is built more for the offensive to succeed and succeed he did.

Q: What’s your Pacific Division predictions for NBA?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I think that in the Pacific division, its gonna be interesting. The Clippers are good. The Lakers, even though they are not up to their usual level, are also good. The wildcard in this division is Sacramento. They are talented but young. Now that youth can either help or hinder them. It should be interesting to see which it does. And lastly, the Suns are just bad all the way around. I don’t see them making the playoffs this year. As far as the order of the division this year, I have the Clippers, then the Lakers, then the Kings and bringing up the rear, the Suns.

Q: What should the Jets do with Rex Ryan and Mark Sanchez?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that the clock is ticking on whether or not Mark Sanchez is the future at QB for the Jets. I think that next year is the make or break point for his career in green and white. Also, Rex Ryan’s act is starting to wear thin on the league. It seems to not have as much of an effect as it did to start his tenure. Maybe its time he did more coaching than talking. I think he’s ok right now, but the tide could turn going into next year. Its quite possible.

Q: Who impressed/ disappointed you in the NBA this weekend?
-Kareem H., Chandler, AZ

A: I think that the Mavs disappointed me this weekend. I knew they would lose, but they looked so listless and disinterested out there on the court. They aren’t the same team as last year and it shows. Two straight home blowouts. The Wizards also were disappointing. When you have a big lead, you have to finish a team. They are young, so hopefully they will learn that. As far as impressive teams, I think the Heat were very impressive. They throttled the Mavs. I also would say the Knicks’ Carmelo Anthony was impressive. He carried the Knicks to the finish line like a star is supposed to do.

Q: ‎​How do u think the T-Wolves will do this year?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: I think the Timberwolves will be better this year. With all that being said, they will still miss the playoffs, but I don’t think they will miss the playoffs by much.

Thanks to all who sent questions and remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers.

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The Everyday Mailbag- 12/21/11

The week was certainly entertaining in sports. And I know with all the entertainment, some great questions are also birthed as well. Without further adieu, here is this week’s Everyday Mailbag!

Q: Will Urban Meyer’s successes in recruiting in the south put pressure on SEC coaches?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I don’t think that Meyer will put recruiting pressure on the South more than what pressure is already on each and every Southeastern Conference coach already. Sure, Urban will get some kids from the South to go Ohio State, but I don’t think he will get enough of them to threaten SEC schools.

Q: Why hasn’t the head coach of the Chicago Bears, Lovie Smith, been fired?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I believe Lovie has done a good job with what he’s been given. I don’t think he deserves all the blame for his team’s production on the field. Also, Lovie doesn’t pick the players on the team, the GM does. But, like always, the coaches get too much credit for wins and too much blame for loses.

Q: What other pieces are needed to make the L.A. Clippers a legit contender?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: What the Clippers need is good big man to come in off the bench and give them good minutes, rebounding and possibly some scoring. The Clippers also need a backup combo guard/forward that can backup Caron Butler, who is coming off a serious knee injury.

Q: Should rookie Cam Newton be a pro bowler?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think Cam Newton has put up tremendous numbers this season. Definitely Pro Bowl worthy numbers. I don’t think anyone expected the numbers he put up this year.

Q: Who are you for in the East and who you got on Christmas Day, the Lakers or Bulls?
-Jason J., Memphis, TN

A: I think that the race in the East comes down to the Bulls and the Heat again. The addition of Rip Hamilton does help make the Bulls better, but its hard to go against LeBron and D Wade in year two of the Heatles. My heart says Chicago, but my mind says Miami. I think that’s a toss up on whichever team wins the East. And as far as the game on Christmas Day, I believe that the Bulls have the more sound team and they will win in Los Angeles.

Thanks for the questions and remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!

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The Everyday Mailbag- 12/14/11

Its that time again folks! The everyday mailbag is here again. Let’s see what the sports world wants to know!!!

Q: What potential Wild Card team in either conference can you see getting hot like Packers last year and making a serious run?
-Jabbar L., Nashville, TN

A: I think that the team that could be a spoiler if they are to make the playoffs would be the New York Jets. They always look dead and gone halfway through the season and when they hit the playoffs, they all-of-a-sudden become a team to be reckoned with. I’m starting to get that same feeling about them again.

Q: What is your favorite bowl game?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I have to be honest. I really don’t have one game that I absolutely have to watch. I love to watch sports in general, so it could be the smallest bowl game or it could be the BCS championship. I just love watching all bowl games.

Q: How do you think the Memphis Grizzlies will do this year?
-Jason J., Memphis, TN

A: I think the Grizzlies will be good this year, but the thing is, people will expect them to be good instead of the surprise they got last year when they faced them. I still don’t know if the Grizzlies have enough offense to be a top-tier team in the NBA. That’s what will keep them in the bottom-tier of the NBA’s Western Conference. I see them as a six seed at best this year.

Q: Are basketball coaches bullies?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think not only basketball coaches, but all coaches, are tough coaches that not only coach you and instruct you on the court, but also teach you life lessons. They may come across as hardcore sometimes but in the end, most coaches are in it for trying to make the kids better than when they came to their program or when they first decided to play for that coach. Now, what other motives coaches have in coaching is a whole other subject, but no, coaches aren’t bullies.

Thanks everyone for the questions! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!!!

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The Everyday Mailbag-12/6/2011

There was plenty of big news this week with the BCS, the Tebow craze and other things as well. And with those exciting events and players, there are also questions. Without further adieu, here are the questions the sports world wants to know!

Q: Who do you think will win the Shortened NBA Season?
-Brandon T., Nashville, TN

A: I think the logical choices for the title will be the Heat and the Lakers, but I also believe its too early to tell right now due to the pending NBA free agent and trade movement coming up. Once rosters are mostly set, then I could probably give a more accurate pick there.

Q: Is Cam Newton a sure pick for Rookie of the year after breaking the QB single season rushing record?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I don’t think Cam Newton is a surefire pick for rookie of the year. Even though Cam has broke records, Bengals QB Cam Newton has won games. Simple and plain, he has been one of the catalysts of this team, along with AJ Green and that Bengal defense.

Q: After what we’ve seen in Chicago since Cutler went down, question is does backup QB Caleb Hanie have a future role as a backup in Chicago?
-Lee L., Chicago, IL

A: I think that Hanie is done in Chicago. I understand that he’s a backup, but in this instance, he hasn’t shown he can fill in for Cutler when they need him and to be honest, the Bears need to look for more stability in that position because the backup QB is only one play away. Who knows when this situation could arise again for Chicago.

Q: Why is it so hard for Tim Tebow’s critics to give credit where credit is due? Yesterday, Cris Carter looked like he’d rather vomit than admit tebow is winning.
-JW, Lafayette, IN

A: I actually think that folks are afraid of what they haven’t seen. People haven’t seen a QB like him be successful and I think it bothers the “experts” a whole bunch that someone unconventional as Tebow is winning.

Q: Do the Colts draft Andrew Luck & deal Peyton Manning or do they pay two quarterbacks a lot of money? Or do they deal the rights to Luck & get a lot of draft pick? ?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think the Colts, if they get the 1st pick in the draft (which seems to be a certainty at this point) will draft Luck and possibly keep both QBs. That’s a small possibility, but a possibility nonetheless. In the end though, I think that if Peyton proves he’s healthy, he will be traded. But he has to prove he’s healthy first.

Q: ‎​How will the Giants finish the season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: That depends on which Giants team shows up. If the one that played against the Packers shows up, they could win the rest of their games this year and win the division. If they appear like they did in New Orleans, they are done. I think the Giants will show fight and will make the playoffs due to the implosions of Chicago and Detroit right now.

Q: Do you think Jim Schwartz is on the hot seat in Detroit because of the lack of discipline shown by the Lions?
-Jeremy W., Winnepeg, Canada

A: I think Schwartz isn’t on the hot seat, but what he does need to do is make a statement with this team. A lot of times when these dumb penalties happen, Schwartz doesn’t discipline them about it. I would have liked Schwartz to have made a statement and send a player to the locker room or something. That would get the team’s attention I think that’s what has to happen.

Q: What do u think about the BCS title game?
-Jason J., Memphis, TN

A: I think the title game will be a hard-nosed, physical game and that special teams could make the difference again. On another note, a lot of fans are screaming that Oklahoma State should have been in the title game. To that I have one explanation. I believe they have one person to blame: Oklahoma State. They had their own destiny in their hands and then they lost to Iowa State. When that happened, doubt came into the picture and hope came into the picture for Alabama. In the end, doubt turned into reality for Oklahoma State and hope turned into jubilation for Alabama. I’m not saying the BCS is right or wrong, but what I’m saying is Oklahoma State should blame Oklahoma State first and not the BCS.

Thanks everyone for all the questions. And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers.

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The Everyday Mailbag- 11/29/11

Time after time, week after week, incredible game after incredible game. The passion and excitement of sports flows everyday of the week. And with the passion and excitement come exciting and great questions. Without further adieu, here are the questions the Sports World wants to know!

Q: What are the Raiders chances of making it to the playoffs?
-Lyndelle M., Clarksville, TN

A: Their chances to make the playoffs hinge on their chances to win the division. If they don’t win the division, they won’t make the playoffs and those chances aren’t looking good with the Broncos making a push with Tebow.

Q: Who’s your favorite for the Heisman?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: My favorite for the Heisman is Trent Richardson. The guy has been Ram tough all year and ran over and through almost all defenses this year. Robert Griffin III is close on his heels though.

Q: ‎​What team will suffer most from the lockout?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: ‎​The Nuggets. They have Wilson Chandler and Kenyon Martin stuck in China and have to find replacements as well as they can’t make a run at JR Smith because he’s locked in a deal over there too.

Q: As of right now you do you have in NBA Finals?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I think that if the teams were as they stand right now, I would say it would be the Heat and the Lakers. But with free agency, trades and those things out there, a lot of things can change just that quick. I think that December 9th to the beginning of the season will go a long way to saying who’s the best team to make a run.

Q: When will Tim Tebow finally lose?
-Sam, Highland Park, IL
A: I think that December 11 vs Chicago will be the next time that Tebow loses.

Q: Even though Sanchez won yesterday he is average at best. Will the jets be looking for a QB next year?
-Lee L., Chicago, IL

A: I think that Sanchez had a winning game yesterday. At this point in his career, I believe he should be further along, so I think next year is the make or break year for him as the New York Jets starting QB. And yes, they will be looking around for QBs in the off-season.

Q: Who is the better game managing QB, Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers?
-Robert R., Chicago, I’ll

A: I would go with Aaron Rodgers. But that’s like splitting hairs. You can’t go wrong with either QB. In my opinion though, I just feel that Rodgers is better at this point right now. He’s a little more careful with the ball than Brees at this point.

Thanks for all the questions! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!

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The Everyday Mailbag-11/22/11

Leaves change color. Seasons change. But the Everyday Mailbag stays the same. Let’s see what the Sports World wants to know!!!!

Q: Does Bears QB Jay Cutler’s injury open up a Wild Card spot for an NFC East squad or will the Bears still make the playoffs?
-Drew N, Washington DC

A: To be honest, it possibly could. Before the season, I had two teams going to the playoffs from the NFC East. I will say that the Bears schedule isn’t terribly difficult going down the stretch, but without Cutler, things get tougher for Matt Forte and that whole offense. I still think they make the playoffs though.

Q: Should Vince Young start rest of the year over Michael Vick?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: I think that its just one start and that’s an overreaction to Vince’s one start. Now I’m not doubting that Vince is a winner. He is. His record says so. If Vince was to start a string of games and wins, then I think there would be a QB controversy there. But with the money Vick is making and the fact that its just been one start tells me that Vick is the starter still in Philly.

Q: Can the Eagles make a late run at the NFC East title?
-Aaron J., Washington, DC

A: No. When they lost the game vs the Cardinals, there went their NFC East Title chances. The Eagles need to focus on winning two games in a row and getting themselves right first. The race is between the Cowboys and the Giants, not the Eagles.

Q: Will Norv Turner get fired before the end of the season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: Is water wet? I think its closing time for Norv in San Diego.

Q: What’s the next move for the Bears?
-Dallah S., Manhattan, NY

A: The next move for the Bears is to scour the waiver wire or the classifieds for a veteran backup QB. Caleb Hanie will be the starter. There’s no doubt about that. Former Ravens QB Marc Bulger could be a possible pickup. He has played in Martz’s system before and it wouldn’t take him long to catch on because of that familiarity.

Q: If Arkansas beats LSU, who plays for the BCS Championship?
-David D., Murfreesboro, TN

A: I think Arkansas would definitely be in the picture for the title. Now for the contender, I think it would be Alabama.

Q: Will the Eagles or Steelers make the playoffs this year? I’ve seen the Ravens schedule, they’re definitely going.
-Shatal J., Orlando, FL

A: I think the Steelers will definitely make the playoffs. As far as the Eagles, they have dug themselves a hole they cannot get out of.

Thanks for all the questions and remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!!

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The Everyday Mailbag- 11/8/11

Lots of different sports going on. Lots of different sports questions as well. Without further adieu, here’s what the Sports World wants to know!

Q: What do you think about Lions DT Ndamukong Suh meeting with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell Tuesday?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: I think that it just means that Suh is concerned about his image. Suh actually called up Goodell to make the meeting happen. I think its not that big of a deal.

Q: Who is your Final 4 in college basketball this year?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA

A: I’ve got the Syracuse Orange, the North Carolina Tar Heels, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Baylor Bears as my Final Four this year.

Q: How many games will the NBA play this season?
-Joey K., Los Angeles, CA

A: I think we will be lucky if the players take this offer. If they do, we will see 65-72 games. If they do not, I think we will see roughly around 55 games.

Q: Do you think Tim Tebow should be called a athlete playing quarterback ?? I’m not hearing that by the media! Why?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: Whether Tebow is called an athlete playing QB or not, he is being judged on being a QB. I don’t think that whether he’s called an athlete or not will change the criticism he’s received. To be honest, I don’t think that’s the thing that media looks at in regards to him. That’s why it isn’t mentioned when they talk about him.

Q: Do think a rematch of Alabama and LSU will happen for the National Championship game?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: No sir. Alabama would have to have a lot of teams lose to get that rematch in my opinion. If Alabama would have won the game, then I would be confident in a rematch because LSU still has to play Arkansas and that would have helped catapult them in the BCS.

Thanks for all the questions. I look forward to more! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers!

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The Everyday Mailbag-11/1/11

There was plenty of good football this weekend in the college and professional ranks. And with those games, some questions have arised! Without further adieu, here are the questions the Sports World wants to know!

Q: If you have the second pick in the NFL draft, who do you pick?
-Jeremy W., Winnipeg, Canada

A: Depends on what is needed with that pick. It looks like the Dolphins and the Colts are on a collision course to go get Andrew Luck. Whichever team gets him, expect the next team to take either an offensive lineman or a defender. As far as prospects for that pic, there’s plenty of those, but no one has really stands out as the second pick in the draft right now for me.

Q: Do you think Buckeyes can break into Top 25 by years end?
-Bobby C., Sacramento, CA
A: I think that for as good as the Buckeyes played the Badgers this weekend, they may not play that well again this season. The reason I’m saying this is because they have a young QB in Braxton Miller who is still learning and that doesn’t bode well for them in the area of consistency.

Q: Who do you have for the upcoming “Nick Saban” bowl this weekend?
-Kareem H., Nashville, TN

A: I think I’m gonna have to say Alabama. Both teams have incredible defenses, but one team has Trent Richardson. The other doesn’t. He’s the difference.

Q: Is the University of Tennessee recruiting in Tennessee I see a lot of 4 star prospects committing to other SEC schools?
-James R., Nashville, TN

A: They are. Trust me. Just not having great results. They have got C James Stone from in-state and also mammoth lineman Antonio Richardson from as well last year. Its still early. It wouldn’t surprise me if they get one of the big-time recruits in the end.

Q: Now that Patriots defense has been exposed, can they still stay on top of the ranks this season?
-Angie B., Elmont, NY

A: I think the Patriots are an interesting case. With the team they have, they depend on Brady. Brady has to be great for them to win. And usually, Brady is great, so expect him to keep them in the race. Also, each team in the AFC East has holes. The Bills aren’t consistent getting pressure on QBs. The Jets are inconsistent offensively. So, with that being said and looking at the rest of their schedule, they can stay atop the rankings in the NFL.

Thanks for all the questions this week! And remember, if you have sports questions, I have answers.

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