David Fernandez

NFL Draft: Who Should Have Gone First?

NFL Draft: Who Should Have Gone First? The 2020 NFL Draft remains the most unique event of its kind. While teams have high hopes for their selections, whether or not they made the right choice is unclear. Cincinnati sure hopes they made the right selection by taking Joe Burrow No. 1 overall. However, Chase Young, who went No. 2 to Washington, was considered the draft’s top pro prospect. Other quarterbacks dotted the top-10, including Miami’s Tua Tagovailoa at No. 5 and Los Angeles’s Justin Herbert at No. 6. Despite instant draft grades and talk, most pundits and analysts normally reserve...

NBA Awards: What’s on the Line?

NBA Awards: What’s on the Line  With the NBA planning to make its return at the end of July, the resumption of the 2019-2020 season means a new NBA Champion will be crowded. They’ll do so inside a limited bubble in Orlando, FL, as the league has made arrangements with Disney for the use of the ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex. This return-to-play scenario has 22 teams vying for playoff seeding and ultimately the championship.  What’s also on the line? The NBA Awards.  The league boasts a...

NFL Rookie of the Year Odds – Offense & Defense

NFL Rookie of the Year Odds The 2020 NFL Draft stood as the most distinctive iteration of the event in the league’s long history. While the draft itself has seen major revisions and evolutions over the years, the COVID-19 pandemic forced a unique set of circumstances. The rookies didn’t get invites to a green room, a draft cap handed to them in the moment, or a handshake with the commissioner. Despite virtual draft, though, many of these rookies are looking to make an instant impact on their teams. And each one will vie for NFL Rookie of the...

Winners & Losers of the NBA Return

Last week, the NBA Board of Governors approved a return-to-play plan that included 22 teams entering a bubble in Orlando, FL. These teams will compete in an 8-game regular season seeding series, with the potential for a play-in tournament for the 8-seed. While excitement in running high in NBA circles, there are some winners and losers to this NBA return.  The NBA has been actively working on a return-to-play plan for weeks. The league has been in active discussions with players, personnel and owners preparing to resume the 2019-2020. The league shuttered on March 11th in the wake...

2020 NFL Rookie Prop Bets

2020 NFL Rookie Prop Bets  Gambling on NFL games in nothing new, but specific proposition bets haven’t been around that long. One of the fastest growing segments of the sports betting industry in the US, prop betting is evolving in Nevada sportsbooks and online as gaming control boards open up to these opportunities. And despite the uncertain outlook for the upcoming season, oddsmakers have wasted no time building the market for the 2020 NFL rookie prop bets. Prop bets are wager on an individual player or specific event, and they became popular with the Super Bowl. These days, there are hundreds...

Early Round Instant Impact NFL Rookies

Early Round Instant Impact NFL Rookies Going from college standout to NFL rookie is not easy. The 2020 NFL Draft class will be starting further behind than usual, considering a lack of rookie mini camps thanks to COVID-19. Through video conferencing and virtual workouts, these NFL rookies are relocating across the country and trying to transition to the professional ranks amid a pandemic. While some of these selections might have been head-scratchers back in April, there’s clear opportunity for success for some. General managers envision how these players fit, while coaches and coordinators adjust game plans and scheme fits...

NBA Players Who Have Flopped & Flashed

NBA players changing teams can be so exciting. There’s inherent risk for teams signing free agents or making blockbuster trades. That risk extends into the draft, especially the lottery, where the hopes and dreams of the fanbase are pinned on one pick.  New players have a short time to get acclimated, but they’re soon expected to produce. With millions of dollars on the line, these teams hope they’ve hit big on a player, and sometimes struggle to recover when those players flop.  Some of these players will have...

NBA Return: Playoff Possibilities and Streaks

The NBA has been actively working on a return-to-play plan for weeks. The league has been in active discussions with players, personnel and owners preparing to resume the 2019-2020. The league shuttered on March 11th in the wake of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Now, the NBA return is poised for July 31st. Teams began opening facilities for voluntary player workouts in mid-May, although coaches couldn’t attend. Shortly thereafter, the league entered into negotiations with Disney about hosting the NBA return in something of a limited bubble.  Photo via...

Redrafting the 2010 NFL Draft 10 years later

Redrafting the 2010 NFL Draft Across all professional sports, franchises look back at draft decisions and sometimes shudder. Every team makes mistakes. The draft is an inexact science. But some mistakes cost general managers and coaches their jobs, while others set franchises back for years. Look at Oakland’s selection of Jamarcus Russell No. 1 overall in 2007. Here, we’ll go back ten years, redrafting the 2010 NFL draft. After 10 years, it’s easy to look back and see the mistakes. Although not every team botched their first-round pick, many missed the mark completely. Of the 32 players selected in...

NBA Return to Play Plans

The NBA’s return to play plan is in the works. The league is in active discussions with their players, owners and potential host sites preparing to resume the 2019-2020 season. The league shuttered on March 11th in the wake of Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert testing positive for the coronavirus. Soon thereafter, much of the country shuttered as well.  In recent weeks, the United States has slowly started to reopen, with some areas opening wider than others. NBA teams began opening facilities for voluntary player workouts earlier this month, although coaches couldn’t attend. 

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A freelance writer with more than 10 years experience, David is based in sunny Miami, FL. He holds a master's degree in English and Creative Writing, and teaches Journalism. As a freelance writer, David concentrates on sports, health, education and entertainment.
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