Frank Gore will be 37 if/when he straps on his helmet for a 16th NFL season. 16 NFL seasons is noteworthy at any position, but as a RB, Gore is approaching uncharted territory:
And then there is the rushing yards list, where Gore sits at #3 after passing Barry Sanders this year.
Short of Roger Goodell making a Frank Gore HGH exception, it is highly unlikely he will reach Walter Payton’s number. The bigger question is whether or not Gore will join the 16 season RB list. Gore signed a one-year deal with the Bills last year, and while he served as a valuable mentor to emerging rookie Devin Singletary, it is not clear whether the Bills are willing to use a RB spot on the 37 year old that averaged 3.6 YPC last year.
That said, Gore told NBC’s Chris Simms “I still feel good. I know I can still play. It’s just gotta be right.” Source: Miami Herald. Why not back to Miami where in 2018, Gore averaged 4.6 YPC in a limited backup role (156 ATT). Surely, there is a team out there that could find a use for this ageless wonder.
MMGPB: As announced on Twitter, GSM founding fathers John Irby, Hobey Jiranek, and Mac Mombello will be competing in a March Madness Picks contest, dubbed the March Madness Guru Picks Battle (MMGPB). On the line? Pride, money, and validity of guru status. Picks are made based on the point spread (ATS) with 1pt for first round games, 2 for second, and so forth. Make sure to check back here and follow on Twitter for updates throughout the tournament.
We’ve got one more to play, but it’s official folks- you’re champion of the inaugural March Madness Guru Picks Battle: Mac “Ed or Eddie” Mombello! A savvy Auburn pick in the Final Four proved to be the final push needed. The Guru Consensus picks also ended on a high note with as UVA won and covered in a thrilling OT finish that will not soon be forgotten. Eddie is not only the winner of a significant sum of cash, but will be the holder of the Chronic Jersey, a huge honor.
Thanks to all who have followed throughout, we look forward to repeating next year with a new participant and even higher stakes.
After Day 4: After Perfect Day, Irby Leads the Way
After Day 2:
Not Pretty- but Wide Open after Day 1
First Update: Jiranek with early lead
Dogs took the first 6 games, which didn’t bode well for Irbs. The Gurus also missed out on their first 3 consensus picks, but rebounded with a lock on Murray St. Ja Morant is a monster.
Clippers 13th overall pick: Robert Williams, C, Texas A&M
Nuggets 14th overall pick: Miles Bridges, SF, Michigan St.
With the NBA draft 5 hours away, things here could change due to potential trades. Many think the Grizzlies will deal their pick and look to explore other options. Chandler Parsons contract is making this an uphill battle for them to get done. I personally feel the Cavaliers could trade that 8th pick and a player for Kemba Walker, giving the Hornets the 8th and 11th pick and a better shot at a fresh-start rebuild after already moving Dwight Howard earlier this week. If that happens, there is a chance King James could stay on his throne in Cleveland and try to make it out of the East for a 9th straight season. If they don’t make a move and Trae Young is on the board at 8, I think they take him. After losing to Steph Curry and the Warriors 3 of the last 4 years in the Finals, the prospect dubbed as the “next Steph” might be too intriguing to pass on there for them. With the rise of Shae Gilgeous-Alexander comes the fall of Collin Sexton on this board. If you get him outside of the top 10, consider it a huge steal, Sexton could very easily be first PG off the board still but has seemingly lost some hype closer to the draft.
Other notable prospects to fall just outside the lottery:
Jerome Robinson, SF, Boston College
First-Team All ACC, 2nd in the ACC in scoring and Runner up ACC Player of the Year. The man in front of him for both honors was none other than Marvin Bagley, projected #2 overall pick. This kid can score from deep, mid-range, and take you to the hole, doing it all with efficiency at 48.5% FG while taking the most shots on his team. He needs to put on some more muscle for the long and trying NBA season, but wherever he ends up, he makes an immediate impact and contributes with his instinctive scoring abilities. Dude can fill it up, end of story. — Prediction: Bucks, 17th pick
Zhaire Smith, SG, Texas Tech
Smith had a breakout season at Texas Tech taking himself from not even in the ESPN top-100 his senior year of high school to a potential lottery pick who just signed with Puma. The rise he has experienced these last 12 months is almost unprecedented. Standing at 6’ 2” without shoes, Smith did not help his stock with combine measurements, but everything else he did there sure didn’t hurt. He is a freak athlete with a lot of room for improvement as he continues to learn his still blooming athletic prowess. The intrigue here could have him go earlier than expected. I don’t know that his impact is as immediate as many others will be, but if he improves his feel for the game and offensive abilities, he could be someone to watch develop slowly but surely. — Prediction: Spurs, 18th pick
Lonnie Walker, SG, Miami
You don’t just find athletes like Walker. If this guy can stay healthy and improve his play-making abilities, he could land somewhere in the range of Dion Waiters (on the low end) to a poor man’s D-Wade. A lot of teams are concerned about his ability to stay healthy, but at 19 years old he’s got some maturing still left to do. This could be a huge risk/reward pick as this is another low-floor, high-ceiling type player that has immense athletic ability, but still has plenty of question marks surrounding him. — Prediction: Wizards, 15th Pick
We are just a few hours from the 2018 NBA Draft. Here are a few story lines to keep an eye on:
Year of the Big Man:
The top of this year’s class is ripe with athletic, skilled big men. In all likelihood Phoenix is going to take Arizona center DeAndre Ayton with the Kings snagging Duke PF Marvin Bagley at #2. That still leaves Jaren Jakson Jr. (Mich St.), Wendell Carter (Duke), and Mohamed Bamba (Texas), all 6’10″+ PF/Cs that will not remain on the board for long. Add to that mix 6’10” Michael Porter Jr. who draws comparisons to Ben Simmons and Kevin Durant due to his ball handling and wing-play proficiency and general “position-less” nature of his game. Bamba, who has a 7’9″ wingspan, might be the most intriguing prospect in the draft. He could easily be a Rudy Gobert-level defender (averaged 3.7 BPG at Texas), and while he is raw offensively, he has the physical tools, hand-eye, and shooting stroke to develop into a double-digit scorer.
Memphis at 4?
After Ayton and Bagley, it looks like Slovenian phenom Luka Doncic will go third to the Hawks. Doncic is a huge story of this draft himself, but we won’t learn too much about his skill level tonight (although the suit can be an important indicator). The Grizzlies sit at the number four spot, but have been publicly shopping the pick for some time now. From all reports, they are hoping to include Chandler Parsons in any trade they would make, thereby freeing themselves from the $49.2 million he is due over the next two years. Don’t be surprised if a team is willing to take that on and give up some value to move up for Jaren Jackson, Mo Bamba, or Michael Porter.
The Cavs currently have the 8th pick (from Nets via Boston). Right now, the Cavs only priority is doing whatever they can to keep Lebron at home. This might mean trying to move up to get whoever Lebron’s pick is. The Cavs definitely need a PG which leads us to:
Sexton or Trae Young?
The debate on which PG would go first has been on going since early in the CBB season. We know they can both score, but there are plenty of doubters on how Young’s size (6’2″, 180) and skill set will translate to the NBA. Sexton is also slightly undersized, but both players are must-see TV when they get in an offensive rhythm. Along with these two, 6’6″ PG Shai Gilgeous-Alexander has shot up draft boards as of late, and we wouldn’t be shocked to see him go before both of these guys.