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Who are Your Top 5 Wide Recievers in the NFL?


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In what should be a very active offseason, the Eagles have a lot of decisions to make. Who gets paid, cut, and/or allowed to walk. What is your biggest concern? On the other side of the parking lot, the Phillies are looking to build a winner too. Do they sign a top of the rotation guy named Jake?

How about the NBA? Were the Michael Jordan years the best the league has ever seen? Have people lost a respect for the game based on the play? Would you want or allow the Eagles to sign Dez Bryant if he gets cut? Is Kennan Allen the best WR in the NFL? If so, where does Larry Fitz grade out?

Lastly, Fantasy Baseball is right around the corner and 2 Top Sluggers have new homes. Who is the better play, Hosmer or Martinez?  There is so much packed into 1 hour!

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings a set of unique views and opinions each week to focus on all the top sports stories from the news. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says put Larry Fitz in his Top 3 for WRs while John (@PGHJohn36) says he belongs after the Top 5. From a Classic Tony rant to a Dez Bryant option, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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Can the Eagles Survive an Offseason of Change?


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When you are a Champion, everyone comes running for a shot at success. Frank Reich and John DeFilippo are gone. What is the fallout? Who gets first crack at OC? Are you sold on Ronald Darby? Do you trade Nick Foles?

Clinton Portis, Shaun Alexander, and Edgerrin James are just a few backs that took a beating in their prime before the age of 30. Where does that put Le’Veon Bell?  Also, as we transition into Fantasy Baseball talk, we take a look at the Top 10 from the overall 300. Who scares you and gets you excited?

The Heat Ratio (@theheatratio) brings unique views and opinions to the forefront as we focus on all the top sports stories from the past week. Listen in as Tony (@TCutillo23) says he would trade Nick Foles and RB’s in the NFL only have a 5 year lifespan, while John (@PGHJohn36) says that’s not necessarily true and you have to wait on the word that Carson is healthy before you pull the trigger. From a Fantasy Baseball debate to the return of Johnny Football, it’s all here just waiting for your take….

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Sum of All Sports Report: NFL Free Agency Lift Off


NFL free agency is upon us and there are already numerous stories that are trending worldwide. Trades are still being talked about, releases are in the early stages, and contracts are being written all ahead of the Thursday unveiling. Who will go where and for how much is all that is left to sort out. Whether it be the Twitter GM’s, the passionate fans or the credible reporters, this continues to be one of the most exciting phases of the NFL offseason!

Fantasy Sports Expert and Real Sports Insider Tony Cutillo uses his expertise to answer the questions of who goes where and why. He offers his unique insight and opinion on what these moves all mean. Along with Free Agency, he gives us a wide variety of topics that will keep all the Fantasy Sports, Real Sports and Sports Entertainment Fans sparking up a debate.

 * NFL Free Agency….The legal tampering period is upon us and contracts will be signed in a few days. With all the players available, who do you think will sign the most surprising deal or offer the best story?

My money is on Adrian Peterson. At 32 years old and coming off an injury plagued year once again, he is already finding out the market isn’t what he expected. He will sign somewhere, but not for the money he was originally thought to receive.

* March Madness….Selection Sunday is coming up and championship week is in full swing. The NCAA tournament is the best contest in sports. From its unpredictability to its last second finishes, it reigns supreme in the world of sports.  While teams like Florida Gulf Coast and Iona are already in, who will be left on the bubble hoping for a miracle? Who is getting the (4) #1 seeds?

* FantasyBaseball….For those of you watching the Spring Training action have already noticed that Clayton Kershaw has been locked in. It’s not like he needed to give owners more of a reason why he should be the top pitcher selected, but he has decided to imprint it into their heads. He has only allowed 1 base runner this spring and still hasn’t given up a hit. Any questions? Do you take him #1?

* NBA…..Dirk Nowitzki adamantly silenced all the critics who labeled him as a jump shooter that avoids contact this week by becoming only the 6th player in NBA history to accumulate 30,000 points. After this achievement, his Mavs teammates and owner Mark Cuban mobbed him during a timeout. Is there any better owner in sports?

Kudos to Dirk for continuing to play stellar basketball for the better part of 19 seasons all with the same franchise.  In the days of the spoiled athlete and overpaid contracts, for a player to stay with one franchise for his entire career speaks volumes to the sacrifices made along the way.  Will this be his last year? Where does he fall on the all time list?

* WWE…The Undertaker has returned and looks to build on his match against Roman Reigns for WrestleMania 33. This was a scenario we all seen coming, especially with the way Roman kept eluding to the ring as his yard. We all know that is Taker’s line and it was just a matter of time before he appeared to take it back. With his documented hip issue, can the Undertaker still carry a match? Will this be his last WrestleMania? Now that the streak is over, does he offer the same appeal?

The Sum of All Sports Report has been running throughout the general media world and continues to be an integral part of this site. Its purpose is to utilize the various sports associations and bring them all into one specific theme. Debating and conversing the various opinions of the people continues to be the heart of sports media. Now it can all be done in one place.

Tony Cutillo has been using this report to gain traction all across the United States. From California to Colorado, his interviews, articles and weekly segments can be heard all across the media sector. He welcomes all opinions and debates. Now is your chance join in the fun!

 

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Steroids in Cooperstown: Voters Begin to Back Down


The Softening Stance on Steroids in the MLB Hall of Fame continues to grow legs as players who admittedly took some sort of supplement or were connected to the PED scandal in any way are paving their way to Cooperstown. There are many opinions out there as to why, but it could simply be that Americans are changing their attitudes when pressed about MLB’s Juiced Era of Baseball.

I, for one, was always on the side of let them in since there were too many unknowns to keep them out. “Does it make them stronger? Does it help them hit the ball better? What about hand-eye coordination?” “How about the pitchers throwing the ball?” “If they both are users, doesn’t it make it an invalid argument?” I know the last one may be a stretch, but it definitely deserves some consideration.

We all remember vividly when the Baseball Writers decided to put an X over all eligibility in 2013 to deliver a clear message to the “Steroids Era.” It was a defining moment in Baseball and one that will probably never be recreated. However, here we are in 2017 and the writers are beginning to fold.

Three names synonymous with Steroid allegations – though never been proven – have been voted into the Hall of Fame. Mike Piazza, voted in last year, always carried rumors along with him and Ivan Rodriguez and Jeff Bagwell saw their achievements tarnished by the suspicions that they were users. For example, Bagwell acknowledged taking androstenedione, a dietary supplement and steroid precursor, during his career, something Mr. Piazza also admitted to. This still didn’t stop them from being selected. You all know where this argument is heading.

Now onto possibly the greatest Hitter and Pitcher of all time (I can already feel the heat coming), Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Yes, both were indicted on charges for their alleged steroid use, but they still gave us memories that will never be recreated. In regards to Mr. Bonds we are not talking about Sammy Sosa and I for one take great offense to anyone who lumps him into the same category. Just being an avid MLB fan gives me enough knowledge to know the two players do not even come close when we are discussing individual talents. Was he wrong, sure he was. However, how is it right for guys that have fielded these same accusations to have their names in fame, including Bud Selig, the former commissioner who decided to do nothing about this issue while it was on his watch? Why are Barry and Roger bigger than the issue itself? It looks like I may not be the only one with questions.

Both of the marquee athletes of yesterday received a majority of votes for the first time in the five years since their names appeared on the ballot. In 2013, Bonds received 36.2 percent of the vote. Last year, he received 44.3 percent, while receiving 53.8 percent in 2017. Clemens saw his numbers rise from 45.2 percent last year to 54.1 percent this year. (Numbers courtesy of Baseballreference.com)

Some believe the selections of Piazza and Selig actually led many sports writers to reconsider their stances on Steroid Era players. It very well could be, but I think it has more to do with the changeover in the voting process than anything.

Over the last several years, the demographics of the baseball writers has shifted drastically with many of its newest voting members not being an integral part of the press generated from the Steroid Era. It seems this shift was magnified 18 months ago when the Hall of Fame restructured its voting requirements to phase out older members who haven’t covered the sport regularly within the past 10 years. (Courtesy of the Washington Post) This unprecedented move wiped 200 (mainly veteran) writers right off the map. The doors were now realigned with a younger vote and the changeover is evident.

If you read some reports floating around, some feel the voting results reveal how the younger society views drug use and illegal substance abuse among modern day athletes. This very well could be true, but I think this speaks more towards ignorance than actually understanding. We all know the athletes of our favorite pastime had their obvious flaws and bouts with addiction. Babe Ruth and Ty Cobb are two names that first come to mind. Do you think if social media was born back in their time, FB Live videos and IG posts would have them in hot water too?

I think this is a very valid statement that needs to be carefully considered. We constantly look and speak on “Eras” in sports, but never look at the whole picture. Hell, if cell phones were prominent during the years of the bash brothers, we would probably have concrete evidence of dates and time when injections were taking place.

At the end of that day, the statistics of guys like Clemens and Bonds should not be forgotten. Their accolades should live on in MLB and continue to be pushed for their ticket to Cooperstown. Times have changed and people need to get on board because their moment is coming, like it or not!

***The above article expresses my opinions only. As always, I stand behind my views and am interested to hear yours. I look forward to seeing your comments…………

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NFL Draft Slides and Surprises


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The NFL Draft of 2016 has come and gone, but the stories will continue to play out throughout the season. Being drafted in the NFL is a privilege and one that cannot be underestimated. In due time we will find out what players were worth the investment.

This day had many surprises and some that none could predict. Either way it was another weekend full of suspense and one that definitely didn’t disappoint. Come join in below and leave your thoughts to the following observations for some of the tops stories in sports this week.

* #LaremyTunsil slide….Going from the best player in the draft to dropping all the way to 13…If Miami didn’t have some inside information, would the slide have continued to Day 2?

* #JaylonSmith hobbles all the way up to 34….Did the Cowboys stretch for a player that will red shirt for a whole year? Could they have picked him later?

* #JaredGoff or CarsonWentz…What guy will be the better pick? Are they both a reach?  

* #SamBradford still an Eagle…..How will this situation pan out?

* #SanJose is first team to take a 2-0 series lead…Games 3 and 4 move to Nashville…Can the Sharks keep their momentum going?

* # NolanArenado early vote for MVP…305 with 11 homers and 25 RBI…Does playing in Colorado hurt the Gold Glover’s chances?

* #GoldenState…Playing without Curry, the Warriors and Draymond Green continue to roll in round 2. Will he be back by Game 3?

Come follow my weekly Sum of All Sports Report to answer these questions and weigh in on the latest news in Fantasy Sports, Real Sports and Sports Entertainment. Leave your comments below and let your voice be heard…Come follow me on twitter @TCutillo23 for live sessions and responses.

***If you want to hear the voice behind the story, I can be heard on “Sun Coast Live” airing 4:00p ET every Monday on WENG 1530am/107.5fm, Hosted by Guy T. Wehman.  Also catch me on Friday nights at 7:30pm ET on “Live from Seattle” with Michelle Mendoza…Come stop by and listen for my weekly sports review.

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Chip Kelly a Racist?..Sum of All Sports Report


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  • #tombrady suspension is upheld….Will his legacy be forever tarnished?
  • #rondarousey dominance continues….Is it too early to be talking GOAT?
  • #roddypiper dead at 61…..Too many WWE legends lost this year!
  • #colehamels, #tulo highlight this year’s #MLB deadline deals…Grades?
  • #russellwilson breaks the bank….Is $87.6 million overpaid?
  • #NFL training camp starts….What are the top stories and battles?
  • #chipkelly being viewed as a racist….Over reaction or real deal?

Come follow my weekly Sum of All Sports Report to answer these questions and weigh in on the latest news in Fantasy Sports, Real Sports and Sports Entertainment. Leave your comments below and let your voice be heard…Come follow me on twitter @TCutillo23….Look for the 1st Edition of Fantasy Rankings in the upcoming weeks and the all new radio show coming later in 2015!!!!!!

NBA Free Agency Heats Up: Sum of All Sports Report


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  • NBA Draft is over….Winners and Losers?
  • MLB All-star break is looming…Best and Worst of 1st half?
  • NFL Training Camp is 30 days away….Top Stories?
  • Tom Brady appeal was heard…Decision waits until mid-July…
  • NY Mets overpayment…Bobby Bonilla cashes in for $1.2 Million till 2035….
  • Colin Cowherd gets dissed….Jim Harbaugh not too enthused to open up….
  • NBA Free Agency heats up….Love gets $110 million, Davis gets $145……
  • 2015 Fantasy Football drafts have begun….When is it too early to draft?

Come follow my weekly Sum of All Sports Report to answer these questions and weigh in on the latest news in Fantasy Sports, Real Sports and Sports Entertainment. Leave your comments below and let your voice be heard…Look for the 1st Edition of Fantasy Rankings in the upcoming weeks and the all new radio show coming later in 2015!!!!!!

NBA Finals Set: Curry vs. King James…Sum of All Sports Report


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  • NBA Finals set…..Curry vs. King James…Who takes the trophy?
  • A-Rod passes Lou Gehrig for 3rd on the All Time RBI list with 1,995….
  • Ring of Honor (ROH) strikes TV Deal with Destination America…TNA fate sealed?
  • NFL OTA’s begin…..Who’s there, who’s not? Peterson? DeSean?
  • Samoa Joe invades NXT…..Will he continue to work the Indies?
  • Roger Goodell the Devil? What does Ex WR Joe Horn think?
  • All eyes on Johnny….How is Manziel adjusting to his return?
  • NY Mets mission….Keep Matt Harvey healthy…Is a 6 man rotation working?
  • 2015 Fantasy Football….Who’s the #1 RB?…#1 Overall Pick?

Come follow my weekly Sum of All Sports Report to answer these questions and weigh in on the latest news in Fantasy Sports, Real Sports and Sports Entertainment. Leave your comments below and let your voice be heard…Look for the all new radio show coming later in 2015!!!!!!

Papelbon Quietly Delivers


 

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In a year where the Philadelphia Phillies have been nothing short of exhausting to follow and watch, Jonathan Papelbon has been one of the bright spots for a Phillies bullpen that wasn’t give much hope when the players reported to Spring Training.

Papelbon earned his 30th save of the year last week with a scoreless ninth inning against the Mariners on Wednesday and helped combine on a no-hitter against Atlanta. He’s now reached the 30-save mark eight times in his last nine seasons. Papelbon has never been the most popular player, but he’s put together some very impressive numbers over his career with 315 saves to go with a 2.34 ERA and 1.02 WHIP.

One of the reasons behind the unacknowledged accolades could be his domineer and attitude. He has never been known as the best guy in the locker room and was always available to say whatever was on his mind, no matter what the consequences would be. Papelbon has a pretty impressive track record and came to the Phillies under a lot of scrutiny because of a big time contract with whispers of a dead arm closer. Unfortunately for him, he came to the Phillies in the first stages of a team decline, not a phase he was expecting.

There have been moments of praise, along with times of disgust over these last three seasons as we have watched the continual ups and downs of a bad baseball team. Whether or not you want to give Papelbon the credit he deserves, the fact that there’s even an argument to be made for him will hopefully get you to appreciate a little more what the guy has done and is doing for the Fightins. Papelbon’s numbers in his three seasons in the Red and White are really quite excellent.

In 187 appearances from 2012-2014, here are his overall stats:                    

188 IP, 12-9, 2.35 ERA, 2.87 FIP, 1.02 WHIP, 203 K, 42 BB (4.83 K/BB), 100 Saves

He’s certainly not the cuddliest closer we’ve ever had and he probably won’t end up being worth $26 million over the next two seasons. However, he only trails Jose Mesa by 14 saves to become the Phillies All-Time Leader and what he’s done thus far when taking the mound for us in the ninth inning has been pretty undeniable, and deserves to be acknowledged.

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MLB: A Tech-Driven Revolution


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Is there really such a thing as too much technology in baseball? Just as you thought watching a MLB Baseball game couldn’t get any better, it did. Back in March, Major League Baseball Advanced Media announced the formation of a new product that looked like the data-capturing system of our dreams.

StatCast is a 3-D tracking system that provides detailed metrics on the locations and movements of the ball, the players, and even the umpires. While the system is currently installed in only a handful of ballparks, Major League Baseball plans for all 30 stadiums to have it by 2015. Eventually, such systems will proliferate not just through the ranks of all professional sports but to youth sports, affecting everything from how games are taught to the statistical nomenclature of sport.

The really heavy-duty stuff, with multiple variables available within a single play, has seemingly limitless potential. Front offices can use it to measure defense or base-running skills. It was more concept than product, however, and 2014 was essentially going to be a year long beta test, with just three stadiums outfitted with the technology. These technologies, combined with new media devices that will deliver that information, will give fans a new level of feedback about the action on the field and create unprecedented access to players and the game.

StatCast has the potential to revolutionize the way we evaluate baseball. There’s still so much we don’t know about the system and how it’s eventually going to affect the public discourse on the game, but it’s impossible to watch these clips and not get excited. It is a certainty that the scaling and rollout of data at this size will be challenging, and we don’t actually know what kind of information will make its way into the public sector.

But we can dream. And clips like this, along with an actual name for the product, make those dreams seem ever closer to reality. Everyone can see a great play when it appears. But MLB Advanced Media’s new Statcast player tracking metrics explains how it happens.

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