Stud and Scrub of the Week

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There were a lot of scrubs at Raymond James Stadium this weekend.

Greetings No Scrubs Allowed faithful!  Travis is in the midst of a move and was not able to record this weekend, but we did not leave you without sports content, so we’re going back to our old roots with a written form of our longest running segment, the Stud and Scrub of the Week!

We start in the city of Tampa, located in West Florida for those that are directionally challenged. Ironically enough, that is where the University of South Florida plays.  The USF Cows…I mean Bulls…were predicted to lose to at home to Houston by yours truly on last week’s podcast as one of my upset picks. Well, the Green and Yellow Heifers did not disappoint, getting beaten in last minute fashion in front of the half empty Raymond James Stadium by the Cougars to ruin their perfect season.  If there is any solace for USF fans, it is that they were out done on Sunday by Jameis Winston of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Playing in the same stadium but with double the fans, Winston laid an absolute egg in a game the Bucs had to win to have any fighting chance of getting back into the playoff race.  Instead, he led Tampa Bay to a 17-3 loss to the Carolina Panthers.  Jameis finished 21 of 38 for 210 yards, 0 touchdowns, 2 interceptions, and 1 fumble lost.  Altogether, that gave the 3rd year signal caller a pathetic QBR of 7.4 for the day.  This is the icing on the cake of an extremely disappointing campaign for Winston and the Bucs. One has to wonder if he will ever be the guy to lead the Bucs back to relevance.  What we don’t have to guess any longer is his current status: Scrub of the Week.

Our focus now turns to the NBA hardwood where a longtime All Star had what might have been his best week in the pros both in the winning column and in responding to the circumstances he was facing.  C/PF DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans took his game to another level.  His first game of the week on Tuesday against the Portland Trail Blazers was great statically despite the Pelicans dropping the contest 103-93; Cousins shot 12 of 23 from the field, knocked down 12 of 17 free throws to finish with 39 points, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 blocks, and 1 steal. Now, if the narrative ended here, it would seem silly talking about Cousins; after all, the Pelicans lost. However, what he did next was nothing short of extraordinary. Traveling back to Sacramento for the first time since last year’s trade, Cousins put up a ridiculous line of 41 points, 23 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 block, 1 steal as the Pelicans knocked off the Kings 114-106. It is never easy to go back to your old home and dominate like that; it requires harnessing your emotions and focus into the game.  If that wasn’t impressive enough, Cousins turned around two nights later and dropped 29 points, 12 rebounds, 10 assists, and 3 steals on LeBron James and Co., leading New Orleans to a 123-101 victory over Cleveland.  With Halloween tomorrow, perhaps it’s only appropriate that the man who goes by ‘Boogie’ would play the best basketball of his career against “the King” and the Kings of Sacramento.  So without further adieu, congratulations to DeMarcus ‘Boogie’ Cousins on winning Stud of the Week.  As Travis would agree, it’s time for Boogie to play at this stud level year round; he has too much talent not to.

The Eddie-torial: New Weekly Segment

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Running off the keyboard…

The Pittsburgh Steelers find themselves in a lousy spot to start NFL Training Camp, with wide receiver Martavis Bryant not eligible to practice because he’s still under conditional reinstatement with the NFL over substance abuse violations.  While there is a good chance that Bryant gets cleared soon to participate with the team, more concerning is superstar running back Le’Veon Bell not reporting to camp.  On one hand, I get why Bell wants to hold out: he is the best all-around back in the game; injuries can happen at any time, so the man wants to get paid and receive long-term financial security.  However, in reality, Bell has not stayed healthy over the course of his career and plays a position with a short shelf life; typically, giving a half back a lucrative long-term deal does not usually work out the way teams hope.  In addition, “Juice” has already been suspended twice for drug-related offenses in his 4-year career.  While a prolonged holdout would be ugly, Pittsburgh is in the driver seat on this one and shouldn’t risk it.  Bell only hurts himself long-term.  If he’s smart, he takes his $12.2 million franchise tag and trusts that either a) the Steelers give him a reasonable long-term deal in the future or b) he strikes it rich on the open market next season…If you’re a Dodgers fan, you have to feel pretty good about your chances this year in the National League, unless, of course, you look across the country and see what the Washington Nationals are doing.  The Nats are just mashing the ball, hitting 4 HRs in a row and 8 within 4 innings on Thursday against Milwaukee.  None other than right fielder Bryce Harper is leading the way.  His 2 bombs on Thursday give him 9 in July; he’s also hitting .429 with a .506 OBP for the month.  Combine Harper’s hitting prowess with Daniel Murphy (.340), Ryan Zimmerman (.318), and Anthony Rendon (.317) as well as Cy Young-worthy Max Scherzer (if you are a Kershaw lover and scoff at that, the numbers speak for themselves) and you have to believe the Nats could easily be the team that could spoil another golden opportunity for the Dodgers come the postseason…Smart move: Novak Djokovic choosing to sit out the US Open to follow Roger Federer’s lead and get healthy.  Speaking of Federer, he and Rafael Nadal have to love their chances at Flushing Meadows.  Let’s hope we get one more epic final between the two greatest tennis players of all time…No opening Eddie-torial would seem complete without a take on LeBron James.  Kyrie Irving can hardly be blamed for wanting out of Cleveland.  The reality is, LeBron has done nothing to give anyone on the Cavaliers any confidence that he will be sticking around long-term.  Combine that with Irving’s belief that he can be “the guy” and I get why he is trying to make his own “Decision” early….Best news of the day: UCF Football camp opened on Thursday morning.  Yes, I am including that in a column on the national sports scene.  Yes, you will have to get used to that this fall. No, I am not sorry #ChargeOn

NBA and NHL Free Agency, CWS Finals, and Wimbledon (Ep. 2)

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On this week’s episode of No Scrubs Allowed I talk with Eddie about the College World Series Championship, the NBA and NHL free agencies, and the upcoming Wimbledon tournament!

Eddie Melville and Ryan Magura (Ep. 1)

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On the very first episode of the No Scrubs Allowed podcast I speak with Eddie Melville about the NHL and NBA seasons that just finished along with the NHL and NBA drafts. I also speak with Ryan Magura about the US Open of Golf and the College World Series!