Bob Kemp’s Bottom Line

MONDAY, JUNE 17, 2019

FROM THE RANDOM STUFF NOTEBOOK
        *THE SUNS ARE GOING TO HAVE A ROUGH TIME MOVING UP FROM #6: Reports indicate the Suns are interested in the Pelicans fourth selection, but the Suns can’t offer a better player than the Wizards’ Bradley Beal, whom the Pelicans supposedly want, or UA alum Lauri Markkanen whoM the Bulls are rumored to be offering.        *:
        *SPEAKING OF THE PELICANS, A FORMER SUNS COACH RECEIVED A CONTRACT EXTENSION TODAY: The Pelicans announced they have exercised the team option of head coach Alvin Gentry’s contract for the 2020-21 season.
        *A FORMER CARDINALS QUARTERBACK RETIRED TODAY: Josh McCown, who began his career with the Cardinals when Dave McGinnis was the head coach, played for 10 NFL teams plus the Hartford Colonels of the United Football League.
        *THE YANKEES HAVE A BIG WEEK: The Yankees have seven games, all at home, against the Rays (three) and Astros (four).
        *THE PHILLIES PITCHING HAS BEEN HIGHLY DISAPPOINTING: They have allowed the most homers in the National League (remember, the National League includes Colorado).
        *THE MARINERS STARTED 13-2: They likely will become the third team ever to start a season with 13 or more wins in their first 15 game to end the season with a losing record.
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IN TUESDAY’S SPORTS ZONE

(THIS PLAN IS TENTATIVE AND SOMEWHAT SUBJECT TO CHANGE)
        *AT THE TOP OF THE SHOW,  THE INTRODUCTION OF THE PIPELINE     
        *AT 9:15, A SUNS DRAFT PREVIEW: A De’Andre Hunter discussion with Norm Wood of the Newport News Daily News 
        *AT 9:30, THE NATIONAL ROUNDUP; including Ripped From The Headlines and From The Scoreboard plus plenty of opinion 
        *AT 9:45, THE EARLY CAUGHT MY EYE EDITION:
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 10:00 HOUR, UPDATED RESULTS OF THE POLL QUESTIONS AND A REPEAT OF TODAY’S PIPELINE
        *AT 10:15: ANOTHER SUNS DRAFT PREVIEW: A Darius Garland update with Chad Bishop of 247 Sports 
        *AT 10:30, INTERACTIVE PART ONE: with phone calls and/or tweets
        *AND IN THE FINAL SEGMENT OF HOUR NUMBER TWO – THE LATEST LINE, SUGGESTED TELEVISION VIEWING AND THE DAILY PERSONNEL REPORT 
        *AT THE TOP OF THE 11:00 HOUR, IT’S LAST CALL AND THE BOTTOM LINE 
        *AT 11:15, THE FINAL INTERACTIVE ROUND WITH PHONE CALLS AND TWEETS PLUS THE LATE CAUGHT MY EYE UPDATE
        *AT 11:30, YET ANOTHER SUNS DRAFT PREVIEW: A Jarrett Culver update with Aaron Dickens of DoubleT973
        *AT 11:45. THANK YOU TIME AND TODAY IN ROCK HISTORY 
       TWO SEGMENTS WITH INTERACTIVE ACTION – PHONE CALLS (602-260-10-60) AND/OR TWEETS (@SPORTS ZONE 1060 OR TWITTER.COM/SPORTS ZONE 1060) AT 10:30 AND 11:15
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18TH ANNUAL SPORTS ZONE/BOB KEMP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (11:30 SEGMENTS)
        TUESDAY, JULY 16: Buffalo
        WEDNESDAY, JULY 17: Miami
        THURSDAY, JULY 18: New England
        FRIDAY, JULY 19: New York Jets
        TUESDAY, JULY 23: Baltimore
        WEDNESDAY, JULY 24: Cincinnati  
        THURSDAY, JULY 25: Cleveland  
        FRIDAY, JULY 26: Pittsburgh
        TUESDAY, JULY 30: Houston
        WEDNESDAY, JULY 31: Indianapolis
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 1: Jacksonville
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 2: Tennessee
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 6: Denver
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7: Kansas City
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 8: Los Angeles Chargers
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 9: Oakland
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: Dallas
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14: New York Giants
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 15: Philadelphia
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 16: Washington
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 20: Chicago
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: Detroit
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 22: Green Bay
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 23: Minnesota
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 27: Atlanta
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28: Carolina
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 29: New Orleans
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 30: Tampa Bay
        TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: Los Angeles Rams
        WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: San Francisco
        THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: Seattle
        FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: Arizona (Friday before Week #1)  
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 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
        MONDAY, JUNE 24: TOP 25 PREVIEW (10:15)
        TUESDAY, JUNE 25: ACC (11:30)
        WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26: Big 12 (11:30)        
        THURSDAY, JUNE 27: SEC (11:30)
        FRIDAY, JUNE 28: Big Ten (11:30)
PAC 12 CONFERENCE (ALL 10:15 SEGMENTS)
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 16: California + Stanford
        MONDAY, AUGUST 19: Oregon + Oregon State
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 20: Washington State +Washington
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: Colorado + Utah
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 22: UCLA + USC
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 23: UA (the day before its season opener at Hawaii)
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 29: ASU (the day of its season opener vs. Kent State)

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18TH ANNUAL SPORTS ZONE/BOB KEMP FOOTBALL PREVIEW

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE (11:30 SEGMENTS)
        TUESDAY, JULY 16: Buffalo
        WEDNESDAY, JULY 17: Miami
        THURSDAY, JULY 18: New England
        FRIDAY, JULY 19: New York Jets
        TUESDAY, JULY 23: Baltimore
        WEDNESDAY, JULY 24: Cincinnati  
        THURSDAY, JULY 25: Cleveland  
        FRIDAY, JULY 26: Pittsburgh
        TUESDAY, JULY 30: Houston
        WEDNESDAY, JULY 31: Indianapolis
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 1: Jacksonville
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 2: Tennessee
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 6: Denver
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7: Kansas City
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 8: Los Angeles Chargers
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 9: Oakland
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 13: Dallas
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14: New York Giants
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 15: Philadelphia
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 16: Washington
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 20: Chicago
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: Detroit
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 22: Green Bay
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 23: Minnesota
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 27: Atlanta
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28: Carolina
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 29: New Orleans
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 30: Tampa Bay
        TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 3: Los Angeles Rams
        WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4: San Francisco
        THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5: Seattle
        FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 6: Arizona (Friday before Week #1)  
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 COLLEGE FOOTBALL
        MONDAY, JUNE 24: TOP 25 PREVIEW (10:15)
        TUESDAY, JUNE 25: ACC (11:30)
        WEDNESDAY, JUNE 26: Big 12 (11:30)        
        THURSDAY, JUNE 27: SEC (11:30)
        FRIDAY, JUNE 28: Big Ten (11:30)
PAC 12 CONFERENCE (ALL 10:15 SEGMENTS)
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 16: California + Stanford
        MONDAY, AUGUST 19: Oregon + Oregon State
        TUESDAY, AUGUST 20: Washington State +Washington
        WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21: Colorado + Utah
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 22: UCLA + USC
        FRIDAY, AUGUST 23: UA (the day before its season opener at Hawaii)
        THURSDAY, AUGUST 29: ASU (the day of season opener vs. Kent State)

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BOTTOM LINE ARCHIVE

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2019

THE FINALS
        *RAPTORS 114, WARRIORS 110 (RAPTORS WIN SERIES 4-2): Once again, a key injury played a significant role and helped the Raptors capture their first ever championship with Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard finishing with 26 points and 10 rebounds and Kyle Lowry and Fred Van Vleet combining to score 48 points. 
        The Warriors led 83-80 when Klay Thompson went down with a knee injury that forced him out for the remaining 14:22. Thompson, at that point, was the best player on the floor with 30 points in 32 minutes on eight of 12 shooting from the field, including four of six from behind the arc, and 10 of 10 from the free throw line. 
        STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The Raptors depth was significant throughout the series capped by a 37-20 scoring edge in the series finale … Stephen Curry, averaged 32.4 points thru the first five games but struggled in Game Six, finishing with 21 points on six of 17 from the field and just three of 11 from behind the arc, including the final possession miss with the Warriors down 112-110. 
        THE BOTTOM LINE – The Raptors (+280 to win the series) became the second biggest underdog to win The Finals … Also, the Warriors lost three straight post-season home games for the first time in Steve Kerr’s 56 playoff games as the head coach. It was certainly an odd way to close out Oracle Arena, the oldest facility in the league at 57 years old.
        LAS VEGAS SUPER BOOK – Warriors 2½ Raptors (211)  
        PREDICTION – Raptors 106, Warriors 102 
         HALFTIME – RAPTORS 60, WARRIORS 57: The first 24 minutes may have been the most entertaining of any game this post-season with 14 lead changes and Kyle Lowry the best player on the floor (21 points on seven of 10 shooting, including four of five from behind the arc, plus six assists and six rebounds.
        STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The Warriors have 10 turnovers which have contributed to the Raptors 14-6 edge in fast-break points.
        THE BOTTOM LINE – Steve Kerr is trying everything, including a zone defense to conclude the first quarter.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12, 2019

FROM THE LOCAL NOTEBOOK
        *KYLER MURRAY IS ACCURATE ON THE DEEP BALL: At least he was in college where he had the highest accuracy rate on deeps of all draft eligible quarterbacks, according to Pro Football Focus > KYLER MURRAY MEETS THE PRESS AT 9:45 IN THURSDAY’S SPORTS ZONE
        *THE DIAMONDBACKS PLACED JON DUPLANTIER TODAY: The club says he has shoulder inflammation and sent him back to Phoenix for an MRI. The rookie righthander was ineffective on Tuesday night, allowing four runs (which should have been more) in just three innings. The Phillies fouled off SEVENTEEEN of Duplantier’s 76 pitches and swung and missed just four times.
        *THE SUNS MIGHT HAVE COMPETITION IF THEY WANT TO DRAFT TEXAS TECH GUARD JARRETT CULVER: The Hawks reportedly are offering their 8th and 10th picks to move in the first round with Culver believed to be their target.
        *AN NAU ALUM IS TURNING HEADS: WR Emmanuel Butler was surprisingly undrafted, but has been impressive during the off-season with the Saints, a team that lacks wide receiver depth.

TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2019

FROM THE RANDOM STUFF NOTEBOOK
        *TERRELL SUGGS WAS AT CARDINALS MINI CAMP ON TUESDAY: Suggs did not attend THE VOLUNTARY OTAs but did make it for the MANDATORY on-field work > IN WEDNESDAY’S SPORTS ZONE – Suggs and Kliff Kingbury MEET THE PRESS after Tuesday’s mini-camp workout.
        *THE NFL ANNOUNCED ITS 2019 HARD KNOCKS TEAM: Predictably, it’s the Raiders with Jon Gruden, Antonio Brown, Vontaze Burfict and Richie Incognito, among others.
        *DAVID ROSS HELPED RECRUIT CRAIG KIMBREL TO THE CUBS: Ross, who works for the Cubs among several jobs, visited his former battery mate in Florida shortly before Kimbrel signed.
        *THE REDS-YASIEL PUIG ERA MAY BE NEAR ITS CONCLUSION: Puig, a massive disappointment thus far in his first two plus months with the Reds, is a free agent after this season. Also, Puig drew attention to himself recently by walking, not even jogging, from rightfield to the Reds first base dugout after an inning and tonight he jogged to first on a ground ball.

MONDAY, JUNE 10, 2019

         *WARRIORS 106, RAPTORS 105 (RAPTORS LEAD SERIES 3-2): The Warriors showed their championship game pedigree rallying from down six with 2:30 remaining against the Raptors who, with a time out remaining, instead delivered an awful final possession.
        STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The Warriors made 20 of 42 three-point field goals, including three straight after trailing 103-97 (two by Klay Thompson and one by Stephen Curry).
        THE BOTTOM LINE – The Raptors still have two more chances to close it out, but will they get a better chance did tonight?
        LAS VEGAS SUPER BOOK – Warriors 1 Warriors (216) – Kevin Durant will be reportedly play
        PREDICTION – Raptors 108, Warriors 104 
         HALFTIME – WARRIORS 62, RAPTORS 56: Kevin Durant had scored 11 points, including three of three from behind the arc, when he reinjured his left calf with the Warriors leading 39-34 and 9:46 remaining in the half.
        STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The Warriors shot 49 percent from the field, including 11 of 21 from behind the arc, but, at the other end, they committed 15 fouls which the Raptors converted into 18 of 22 from the free throw line.  
        THE BOTTOM LINE – Six Warriors have at least two fouls and Durant is already out for the rest of the game.

FRIDAY, JUNE 7, 2019

         *RAPTORS 105, WARRIORS 92 (RAPTORS LEAD SERIES 3-1): Kawhi Leonard scored 17 of the Raptors 37 points during the game-deciding third quarter against a Warriors team that has frequently won playoff games with dominating third quarters during their championship run, which appears near its conclusion.
        STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The Raptors, during their 37-point third-quarter, made 12 of 22 field goals, including five of seven from behind the arc, plus eight of eight at the free throw line.
        THE BOTTOM LINE – The Warriors are running on empty mentally and physically. 
        LAS VEGAS SUPER BOOK – Warriors 5½ Raptors (214½)
        PREDICTION – Warriors 108, Raptors 102 
         HALFTIME – WARRIORS 46, RAPTORS 42: The Warriors had the upper hand the majority of the half but failed to create a comfortable because of poor ballhandling (nine turnovers) and poor perimeter shooting (two for 13 from behind the arc).   
        STATISTICALLY SPEAKING – The Warriors are plus 11 in rebounding (29-18), but the Raptors are plus eight in made free throws (10-2) and plus five in turnovers (4-9).
       THE BOTTOM LINE – Recent Warriors playoff teams would have at double-digit lead.