Ranking the MLB Catchers Heading Into the 2018 Season

With Opening Day (still, inconceivably, not an American holiday) looming, I will be putting together a list of each team’s starts by position. We begin the series at Catcher. 30. Matt Wieters, Washington Nationals 29. Jonathan Lucroy, Oakland Athletics 28. Francisco Cervelli, Pittsburgh Pirates 27. Wilson Ramos, Tampa Bay Rays 26. Brian McCann, Houston Astros…

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2018 Pre-Free Agency NFL Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns – Saquon Barkley (RB/Penn State) Cleveland made a ton of moves today, acquiring Jarvis Landry, Tyrod Taylor and Damarious Randall as well as shipping away DeShone Kizer. I still think a quarterback will be taken with one of Cleveland top two draft picks, but with Taylor serving as a bridge player, they…

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Requiem for a Scene – Requiem for a Dream

Introducing a new series on Brooklyn Beat – Requiem for a Scene, where we break down some of our favorite movie scenes of all time and show what makes these scenes great. In honor of this new series, we will be breaking down a scene from Requiem for a Dream, the film that provides the namesake…

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The Giants Need to Draft a Quarterback at No. 2

Last year, a lethal combination of devastating injuries, inept coaching, poor on-field play and turmoil in the locker room was a perfect storm for the Giants as they fell from a returning playoff team to a 3-13 squad who fired their head coach and general manager midseason. Now, with the No. 2 pick in the…

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Pre-Combine 2018 NFL Mock Draft

1. Cleveland Browns (0-16) – Josh Allen (QB/Wyoming) It’s crazy to me that Allen is in contention for the No. 1 pick, but it seems to be a reality. The Browns seems to like Allen and he’s saying all the right things about wanting to win in Cleveland while Josh Rosen has said he doesn’t…

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2018 NFL Cap Casualty Candidates

Due to the nature of NFL contracts not being guaranteed, it’s incredibly common for players to be cut midway through their deals, especially if they are underperforming of if a team is in dire straits to get under the cap. While many players could remain with the team by restructuring their deals, others will just…

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What We’ve Learned from the Alex Smith Trade

While the trade can’t be official until March 14, The Kansas City Star’s Terez Paylor broke the news last night that the Chiefs are trading quarterback Alex Smith to the Redskins. In a move that has all sorts of implications, Kansas City will receive a third-round draft pick and Kendall Fuller as compensation as well…

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In Defense of Marcus Williams

I fully understand that “eyes to thighs” is an old tackling cliche and I understand that on the final play of the Saints NFC Divisional Round loss to Minnesota, safety Marcus Williams had poor fundamentals. Some would say it is endemic of all NFL tackling. This is very true and more noticeable on bad defenses….

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The MLB Hot Stove is Freezing Cold

From a free agency perspective, this has been one of the most underwhelming offseasons in MLB history. Pitchers and catchers report in 25 days and yet still most of the top free agents remain unsigned. Baseball’s biggest action has come via the trade market where teams like the Yankees, Astros and Giants have made most…

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