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Friday, April 26, 2013

Mock Draft: Time for Day 2

Well that was an interesting first round.  Lot of surprises, lot of awkward exchanges between Mel Kiper and Jon Gruden, and a lot of Te'o talk highlighted Day 1.  Was it the sexiest draft of all-time? No, in fact, the first round was only slightly sexier than a pregnant Kardashian sister.  But, with myriad of the big names (all with question marks in certain areas) dropping out of the first round, the second round will have more story-lines than a Raymond Chandler screenplay.*  Without further ado, here are my predictions for how the first half of the second round will play out.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

2013 NFL Mock Draft

With the NFL Draft just days away, it is time for Red Cup Sports to unveil their official mock draft. Last year’s draft was packed with can’t miss prospects headlined by Andrew Luck and RGIII, and was a godsend for the bottom dwelling teams in the NFL. A strong case could be made that every player drafted in the top 10, at the very least showed flashes of the stars they could become. This year’s draft is the yang to 2012’s ying. Every QB this year has glaring question marks surrounding their potential, mobility, football IQ or some other critical factor of their game. In fact, there is a good chance Ryan Tannehill would be the first player taken this year and he went eighth overall last year. And for those thinking that there could always be a Russell Wilson lying around in the third round, well think again. That was an anomaly and no team should bank on those results from a mid-round prospect at any position, let alone the toughest position in the NFL. This is all very important to the draft on Thursday April 25th because the difference between the 4th and 14th pick is slim to none. Every team drafting in the top 5 is going to be begging to trade down and accumulate more picks where this draft is strongest, rounds 2-4. Despite the aforementioned lack of “star power” in this year’s crop, there is an enormous amount of depth, especially in the trenches. The 2013 NFL Draft is going to be unpredictable, volatile, and really dam fun. And without further ado, I present my mock draft.
Also, I will be live tweeting the NFL draft @RedCupSports. Give us a follow and enjoy the draft along with me. 

Saturday, April 20, 2013

NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview

Ready to explore the Wild Wild West.  Hear are some things you should be aware of:
1.  The West had more teams over .500 than the East this year 
2. The West has a big return home in the first round
3.  The West sees some very old foes matchup against one another in the first round

Friday, April 19, 2013

NBA Eastern Conference Playoff Preview

Now that the Eastern Conference matchups are set, it’s time to start picking games. While professional basketball is nowhere near as fun to project as college basketball, the NBA does provide us with bigger stars, better officiating (it can’t get worse can it?) and games that reach the 90s in scoring. Now, while it’s practically a foregone conclusion that King James leads the Miami Heat back to the Finals, I’ll do this article anyway. It’s for you America…your welcome.

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Stash & Trash

Here's an article for all you fantasy baseball owners out there.  I will be dishin' out some advice on who you should add and who you should drop.  To give some context, I'm going to assume that you are in a 12 man league.  In addition, I will provide 1 deep sleeper for each position (I consider a deep league having 14 teams +).  I also will not be obvious; I'm not going to put Bryce Harper as an outfielder to "Stash."  If you think he should be in the "Trash" category you are crazier than Dennis Rodman.  If you do not know who Bryce Harper is, please stop reading (unless you want to scroll down to the candy portion- then go ahead).  Remember, even if a player isn't available as a free agent, a few trade offers never hurt anyone.  Except when Jose Reyes got dealt North of the border.  He was pretty peeved.


Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Diary of a Pickup Basketball Player

Crisp cuts, sharp pick and rolls and rapid ball movement are some traits that constitute a quality pickup basketball game.  Unfortunately, when you play with people that do not know the game of basketball (or people that possess idiosyncratic characteristics), a pickup basketball game can quickly turn into a disaster.  Through my experiences, I can identify ten individuals who, without any assistance, can each turn a friendly, competitive affair into a watered down, colorless spectacle.  Here, they are listed from least annoying to most annoying.  Imagine a five-on-five game composed of these guys.  It would be chaos.

Top 10 Worst Pickup Basketball Players