Everything you need to know for Super Wild Card Weekend, plus why Mavericks-Lakers got so physical

Happy Friday, everybody! What a big weekend turning up.

Let’s solve to it.

Good early morning to everybody however particularly to…

THE SUPER WILD CARD WEEKEND GROUPS

It’s here! The NFL playoffs start this weekend with the second-ever Super Wild Card Weekend (complete schedule here), and I cannot await what need to be a great deal of top-level football.

Pete Prisco’s choices remain in, and he’s just in on one real “upset” this weekend.

  • Prisco: Giants at Vikings — These two played on Christmas Eve, and the Vikings needed a 61-yard field goal by Greg Joseph to win it. The Giants gained 448 yards of offense that day and probably should have won the game. But they didn’t. .. This one should be high scoring, as Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson will make some plays, but it will be the Giants that win it with a late field goal this time to advance. Pick: Giants 30, Vikings 28

We likewise have Wild Card selects from John Breech and Tyler Sullivan.

As for the larger photo, our Jordan Dajani has forecasts for each video game in between now and the lifting of the Lombardi Trophy. He has some upsets occasionally, however eventually has the Bills and Eagles taking on in Super Bowl LVII.

  • Dajani:  “In a way, it feels like we have been leading up to this all year. … Opinions probably fluctuated after Allen’s elbow injury and Hurts’ shoulder injury, but the cream rises to the top, and that’s what happens here. … I’m expecting a sloppy first half followed by a high-scoring second half. This game goes to overtime, where Buffalo kicks a game-winning field goal on its second drive of the extra period. The Bills fulfill the “group of fate” narrative. Projected score: Bills 33-30 in OT

Here’s whatever else you require to understand:

Honorable discusses

… And a not so excellent early morning to


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THE REFS FROM MAVERICKS-LAKERS LAST NIGHT

The Mavericks emerged with a 119-115 double-overtime win versus the Lakers on Thursday night, however they most likely emerged bumped and bruised.

That’s since this video game was “rugby disguised as basketball,” as our Sam Quinn elegantly put it. The refs actually let the video game get physical — to a fault.

  • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban tweeted that it was the “worst officiated game.” Dallas shot simply 17 totally free tosses all night.
  • The Lakers shot 27 totally free tosses however definitely had their qualms, consisting of on a possible consent 3-point effort with 2nd staying in policy from Troy Brown Jr. on which he appeared to get struck by Tim Hardaway Jr.
  • As for the video game itself, Luka Doncic had 35 points, 14 rebounds and 13 helps and made massive 3-pointers late in both policy and in the very first overtime.

There’s “letting them play” and there’s, well, whatever occurred Thursday night, composes Quinn.

  • Quinn: “When both sides have complaints, it typically means that the officiating was probably fair. In this case, almost every gripe feels legitimate. The officials seemingly lost control of the game and allowed it to get far more physical than it should have been. The result was one of the sloppier games of the season thus far, and one that needed two overtimes of controversy to resolve itself.”

Not so respectable discusses

Officially, Derek Carr is still a Raider. Unofficially, he’s all however gone. Carr bid farewell to the only franchise he’s ever bet Thursday on Twitter, the initial step in what will be an intriguing offseason for the three-time Pro Bowl quarterback.

Carr, 31, composed “It breaks my heart I didn’t get an opportunity to say goodbye in person” and later on included, “I once said that if I’m not a Raider I would rather be at home and I meant that, but I never envisioned it ending this way. That fire burning inside of me to win a championship still rages.”

Here’s how both celebrations wound up in this circumstance:

  • The Raiders benched Carr for Jarrett Stidham for the last 2 video games of the season, the very first indication that Las Vegas might have been considering carrying on from Carr, who has began all however 4 regular-season video games because signing up with the group in 2014.
  • This season, Carr published his worst conclusion portion and passer score because his novice year and the greatest interception rate of his profession. That came in spite of the group trading for Carr’s college colleague, super star pass receiver Davante Adams, ahead of the season.
  • Carr will leave the Raiders as the franchise leader in every significant analytical death classification, however he won absolutely no championship game and just made the postseason two times — 2016 and 2021. In the 2016 season, the very best of his profession, Carr assisted the Raiders to a 12-3 record prior to breaking his leg in the last regular-season video game and missing out on the championship game.

Carr’s relative absence of group success isn’t all on him, naturally. Since he got in the league, the Raiders have actually permitted the most points in the NFL. This season, nevertheless, Carr had a hard time under brand-new head coach Josh McDaniels, and the group is anticipated to check out all alternatives, as it can conserve $30 million by launching or trading Carr this offseason, with Feb. 15 as a difficult due date.

So, where could Carr wind up? Cody Benjamin sees numerous sensible suitors, consisting of…

  • Benjamin: “The Jets hung in the AFC playoff picture this year almost entirely in spite of their QB play, with Zach Wilson now on the bench indefinitely. The roster is pretty much ready to go on every other front, which is why Carr himself would likely also relish the opportunity to swap colors in the conference.”

Here’s what our buddies at SportsLine believe:

For what it deserves, Jets owner Woody Johnson stated Thursday he’s “absolutely” ready to spend for a veteran quarterback. As for the Raiders, here are some prospective alternatives

Grading MLB offseasons: How Carlos Correa affected 3 groups’ marks ⚾


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With the MLB offseason now numerous months old and 46 of our leading 50 totally free representatives having actually signed, it’s time to give out offseason grades.

No totally free representative had a busier (or complete stranger, or more remarkable, or more complicated) offseason than Carlos Correa, who consented to handle the Giants and Mets prior to eventually sticking with the Twins. That’s a big advantage for Minnesota, composes Dayn Perry.

  • Perry: “Two failed physicals with the Giants and Mets accrued to the Twins’s advantage… As well, Christian Vázquez is a quality addition behind the plate, and Joey Gallo promises power and plus defense at an outfield corner. Those lesser additions are partially offset by the trade with the Angels that sent Gio Urshela out of town. Grade: A

The Twins was among 6 groups to make an A grade. As for the groups who lost out on Correa, they wound up with really various transcript.

  • Perry: “If you’re a team owner, then your sole objective should be to win baseball games (and, yes, you’re going to be quite profitable along the way). No one right now better lives up to this obligation than Steve Cohen. The Mets were hit by some free-agent losses, yes, but the signings of Justin Verlander, Brandon Nimmo, Kodai Senga, and José Quintana more than make up for the departures. Grade: A … The Giants were unable to lure Aaron Judge away from the Yankees despite strong regional ties, and the Carlos Correa non-signing was an utter embarrassment for the organization. … Grade: F

You can see every grade here.

Dodgers formally release Trevor Bauer list below suspension ⚾


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Trevor Bauer is formally a complimentary representative. After designating him for task last Friday, the Dodgers had one week to trade, release or waive Bauer, however a release constantly looked like the only result: Finding a trade partner was most likely difficult, and no group would declare Bauer on waivers and pay him the $22.5 million he’s owed in 2023.

  • The Dodgers are accountable for the staying $22.5 million on Bauer’s agreement. If a group does sign Bauer, that group would owe him the prorated part of the $720,000 league minimum.
  • Bauer was renewed Dec. 22 after an arbitrator decreased his suspension under MLB’s domestic violence, sexual attack, and kid abuse policy from 324 video games to 194 video games.
  • Bauer last pitched June 28, 2021. He was then put on administrative leave as MLB checked out allegations that he had actually attacked a female. Bauer did not deal with criminal charges, however in April 2022, MLB revealed the 324-game (basically two-season) overdue restriction.

What we’re enjoying this weekend 📺

🏈 Here’s the NFL Super Wild Card Weekend schedule.
⚽ We’re likewise enjoying Serie A on Paramount+.

Friday

🏀 Warriors at Spurs, 7:30 p.m. on ESPN
🏀 Nuggets at Clippers, 10 p.m. on ESPN

Saturday

🏀 Kentucky at No. 5 Tennessee, Noon on ESPN
🏀 Bucks at Heat, 1 p.m. on ABC
🏀 No. 11 Kansas State at No. 17 TCU, 2 p.m. on ESPN2

Sunday

🏀 No. 25 Marquette at No. 12 Xavier, Noon on FOX
🏀 No. 11 NC State at No. 22 North Carolina, 3:30 p.m. on ESPN



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