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Matt Cullen is originally from Chapel Hill, NC. He studied Marketing and Professional Golf Management at Florida State University and received his MBA in Sports Marketing and Management from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. In his spare time he enjoys playing golf, attending sporting events, and is an avid Florida State football fan. Matt and his wife Carlie were recently blessed with their first son, Carson.

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Niala Samnarine was born on the island of Trinidad and made her way to Charlotte, NC via Old Bridge, NJ.  She attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her Bachelor’s in Communication and Media Studies. Niala loves playing with puppies and enjoys a good meme every now and again. She is also an avid Jets, Yankees and Nets fan. 

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Breeders' Cup Race Order Announced

 

Breeders' Cup Announces Race Order

breeders-cup-race-schedule-quinteventsThe race order has been determined for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships, November 2-3 at Santa Anita Park.

The Breeders' Cup made some slight changes to the Saturday race schedule, shuffling the race order of three races.

  • Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile changed from the 8th race to the 6th
  • Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile from the 10th race to the 8th
  • Xbressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint from the 6th race to the 10th

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The highly talented and large field for Saturday's Sprint race prompted the change, giving fans a highly anticipated ending to the Saturday race order.

Below is the official race order and post times for the November 2-3 programs for the 2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park.

2012 Breeders' Cup World Championship Race Order
 

Race # Friday, November 2nd Time
1. Allowance 11:15 AM
2. Allowance 11:48 AM
3. Allowance 12:23 PM
4. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Sprint 1:06 PM
5. Breeders' Cup Marathon (gr. II) 1:48 PM
6. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) 2:28 PM
7. Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies (gr. I) 3:08 PM
8. Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Turf (gr. I) 3:48 PM
9. Breeders' Cup Ladies' Classic (gr. I) 4:30 PM
10. Twilight Derby (gr. II) 5:15 PM
Race # Saturday, November 3rd Time
1. Damascus Stakes 10:05 AM
2. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf Sprint Preview Stakes 10:35 AM
3. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Filly Sprint Preview Stakes 11:10 AM
4. Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf (gr. I) 11:50 AM
5. Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint (gr. I) 12:35 PM
6. Breeders' Cup Dirt Mile (gr. I) 1:14 PM
7. Breeders' Cup Turf Sprint (gr. I) 1:57 PM
8. Grey Goose Breeders' Cup Juvenile (gr. I) 2:36 PM
9. Breeders' Cup Turf (gr. I) 3:18 PM
10. Xpressbet Breeders' Cup Sprint (gr. I) 3:58 PM
11. Breeders' Cup Mile (gr. I) 4:40 PM
12.  Breeders' Cup Classic (gr. I)  5:30 PM 

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6 Breeders' Cup Classic Qualifiers Named

 

2012 Breeders' Cup Classic

Breeders-cup-2012-logobreeders-cup-official-experiences-logo-santa-anita-california-horse-racing-quint-eventsWith a little over three weeks until the 2012 Breeders' Cup, the six automatic qualifiers were named to the World Championship's biggest event.

The Breeders' Cup Classic is one of the top thoroughbred racing events of the season. It's five million dollar purse is the richest purse in North America and attracts some of the best thoroughbreds, trainers, and owners from around the world. 

Six thoroughbred's automatically qualify for the Breeders' Cup Classic by winning one of six Breeders' Cup Challenge races. These races include: Stephen Foster Handicap, Hollywood Gold Cup, Whitney Handicap, TVG Pacific Classic, Awesome Again Stakes, and TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational. 

Winners of these races will have their entry fees paid for the Breeders' Cup Classic and receive money towards travel expenses.

Below are the six automatic qualifiers for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic.

6 Breeders' Cup Classic Qualifiers

breeders cup contenders dullahanDullahan

Dullahan qualified for the Breeders' Cup Classic with his win at the TVG Pacific Classic. Finishing third in the Kentucky Derby, Dullahan was one of the favorites to capture the Run for the Roses. He will look to rebound this November and capture the biggest prize of his career.

breeders cup contendersFlat Out

A Challenge winner at the TVG Jockey Club Gold Cup Invitational, Flat Out looks poised to capture another win at this year's Classic. Plagued by injuries throughout his career, Flat Out is coming off a breakout season in 2011. Continuing the momentum in 2012, Flat Out will be a good bet in November's race.

Breeders Cup Contenders Fort Larned QuintEventsFort Larned

Qualifying for the Classic with a win at the Whitney Handicap, Fort Larned has already proven himself against some of thoroughbred's toughest competition. Defeating the heavily favored Ron the Greek at Saratoga, Fort Larned is sure to be a top five favorite at this year's Classic.

breeders cup contenders game on dude quinteventsGame on Dude

Game on Dude qualified for the Breeders' Cup Classic by winning the Hollywood Gold Cup. One of the eldest qualifier at five-years-old, Game on Dude has a lot of experience Santa Anita Park. His experience and hot start in 2012 make Game on Dude one of the favorite's to capture this year's Classic.

breeders cup contendersRon the Greek

No one has had a better 2012 race season than Ron the Greek. A Challenge winner at the Stephen Foster Handicap, Ron the Greek has won or placed in each of his five races this year. He will look to continue his hot streak at Santa Anita, where he captured the Santa Anita Handicap earlier this year.

Breeders Cup Contenders Wise Dan QuintEventsWise Dan

Wise Dan won two Breeders' Cup Mile Challenge races in 2012, qualifying himself for the Breeders' Cup Classic. He captured the Ben Ali Stakes by an impressive 10 1/2 lengths and set a track record in the process. At five-years old, Wise Dan looks to be in the best shape of his career going into next month's Classic.

 

Which of the six qualifiers has the best chance to win? Share your thoughts below.

Top 5 2012 Breeders' Cup Contenders

 

2012 Breeders' Cup World Championships

Breeders-cup-2012-logobreeders-cup-official-experiences-logo-santa-anita-california-horse-racing-quint-eventsThe 2012 Breeders Cup is approaching as horses, trainers, and guests plan their trip to Santa Anita Park, November 2-3, 2012. What is known as the unofficial end of the thoroughbred-racing season, the Breeders' Cup has become one of the most storied events in horse racing.

What started as a one day race, the Breeders' Cup is now a two-day, 15 race, $26 million pinnacle of horse racing excellence, attracting the best horses, trainers, and owners from across the world.

The finale of the thoroughbred-racing season occurs with the final Breeders' Cup race; The Breeders' Cup Classic. Run at 1 1/4 miles, the Breeders' Cup Classic draws the top international thoroughbreds year after year. Its five million dollar purse is the richest purse in all of North America, making it one of the top thoroughbred racing events of the season. 

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The Breeders' Cup Classic is open to horses 3-years-old and older, and is limited to 14 starters. Six starters will gain automatic entries into the race by qualifying through Breeders' Cup Challenge series. Winners of the Breeders' Cup Challenge races will have their entry fees paid for the November race and receive money towards travel expenses.

Five of the six qualifying spots have been determined, making these five horses the top contenders for the 2012 Breeders' Cup Classic. Below is the list of the top five contenders for this year's race. 

Top 5 2012 Breeders' Cup Contenders

  • Dullahan

Breeders cup conteners Ron the Greek QuintEventsComing off a third place finish in the Kentucky Derby, Dullahan looks determined for a good showing in the Breeders' Cup Classic. He qualified for the November race by winning the August TVG Pacific Classic at Del Mar. With a win, place, or show in five of his six races in 2012, Dullahan is sure to be a factor in this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
  • Fort Larned

Breeders Cup Contenders Fort Larned QuintEventsFort Larned qualified for the Breeders' Cup Classic with a victory in the Whitney Handicap at Saratoga. The four-year-old fought off a very solid field and was set off at 7-1 odds. Winning the race against the favored, Ron the Greek, gives Fort Larned some added attention headed into November's Classic. His win at the Whitney Handicap gets his entry fees paid and a $10,000 travel stipend toward the trip to CA.
  • Game on Dude

breeders cup contenders game on dude quinteventsWith a win at the Hollywood Gold Cup, Game on Dude was the second horse to win a Breeders' Cup Classic Challenge race. The five-year-old is in top form winning three of five races in 2012. Santa Anita Park is also Game on Dude's home track, which makes him even more of a favorite to win this year's Breeders' Cup Classic.
  • Ron the Greek

breeders cup contenders ron the greek quinteventsThis one-time Triple Crown hopeful looks to be on top of his game in 2012. A Challenge winner at the Stephen Foster Handicap, Ron the Greek has won or placed in each of his five races this year. He captured the Santa Anita Handicap at Santa Anita Park already in 2012, so he will look to repeat at the track this November.
  • Wise Dan

Breeders Cup Contenders Wise Dan QuintEventsDon't rule out this five-year-old! Wise Dan has one of the most impressive 2012 campaigns of any thoroughbred. After a five month layoff, Wise Dan captured the Grade 3 Ben Ali Stakes by an impressive 10 ½-lengths, setting a track record in the process. With three wins in four races in 2012, it will be "wise" keep an eye on this chestnut gelding in November.

Who is your favorite to win the Breeders' Cup Classic? Share your pick below.

Top 5 NFL Fantasy Football Picks: Week 3 Waiver Wire Picks

 

NFL Fantasy Football Week 3

Week two of the 2012 NFL season is in the books and Fantasy Football standings are starting to take shape.

As every week becomes more crucial, it’s important to stay on top of your league’s waiver wire to give your team the best chance at victory.

Injuries and suspensions happen week-to-week and your top fantasy player could be out this weekend. So, plan ahead!

To help you plan your Fantasy Football lineup, here are my top 5 players you should consider picking up off your league’s waiver wire.

Top 5 Week 3 Fantasy Football Waiver Wire Picks


1. Michael Bush

michael-bush-chicago-bears-quinteventsThe Bears' Matt Forte suffered an ankle injury this past weekend against the Green Bay Packers. It's not a serious injury, but he is likely to be out for the upcoming game. His backup, Michael Bush, is waiting in the wings to have a big week for Chicago. He will face a very receptive defense in the St. Louis Rams and is projected to get at least 90 yards rushing and 20 yards receiving. He was a productive back last year for the Oakland Raiders generating almost 1,000 yards on the ground while battling an injury. Bush is worth considering if you are in need of an additional RB or flex for week three.

2. Jake Locker

I never thought I would write about Jake Locker as a Fantasy Football pick-up, but I digress. Locker is poised to rebound this week after a mediocre start to his 2012 campaign. He is going up against a Detroit defense that was picked apart by 49ers and Alex Smith in week two. Offensively, I believe the 49ers and Titans are similar with their ability to run the ball and a decent pass attack. Yahoo has Locker project to get 280 yards passing and a touchdown. If you're in a two quarterback league, he is definitely worth a look for the upcoming week.

andre brown new york giants quintevents3. Andre Brown

Similar to Michael Bush, Andre Brown will see some action this week due to the injury of Ahmad Bradshaw. Bradshaw injured his neck against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this past week and will likely miss Thursday's game against Carolina. Brown stepped in against Tampa Bay and rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. Yahoo projects Brown to get 60 yards on the ground and another 20 return yards. Bradshaw has a short week to recover, so Andre Brown is a safe fantasy pick this week.

4. Kenny Britt

The Titans eased Kenny Britt into the lineup last week and he showed no side effects of a knee injury. Barring any setbacks this week, Britt will be in the starting lineup for the Titans against the Detroit Lions. Britt is available in 21% of Yahoo leagues, so there is a decent chance he is still available. He's projected to get 75 yards receiving this week, which I think is a little high for his first full game back. However, as he gets up to speed with the offense, Britt will be a great fantasy WR in the upcoming weeks.

5. Danny Amendola

danny amendola st louis rams quinteventsWhat did Danny Amendola have for breakfast this past Sunday? Whatever it was, it's working. Amendola exploded against the Redskins for 15 receptions for 160 yards. His 12 catches in the first half set a new franchise record for receptions in one half, breaking Marshall Faulk's record of 10. He was targeted 16 times, which is a good sign for fantasy owners. He seems to have a good rapport with QB Sam Bradford, so look for a consistent effort from Amendola each week. IF he's still available in your league go scoop him up.

 

What do you think of my picks this week? Share your thoughts below!

Are You Ready for the 2013 Super Bowl? Early Super Bowl Predictions

 

Yes, you are reading this correctly. It is time for 2013 Super Bowl predictions!

NFL Super Bowl 2013 New Orleans Louisianna Superdome QuintEventsOpening night is upon us as the defending Super Bowl Champions New York Giants square off against their division rivals the Dallas Cowboys. It might be easy to pick a winner of this game based on last season’s performance, offseason acquisitions, or the team’s Draft performance. But it’s almost impossible to pick the final two teams who will square off for the February 3, 2013, for the Vince Lombardi Trophy.

Parity in the NFL makes predicting the fate of 32 teams not the easiest of tasks. Ask yourself this question with a clear conscience, “Did you pick the New England Patriots vs. New York Giants as the 2012 Super Bowl matchup?”

Chances are you didn’t. I know I didn’t pick that as my Super Bowl matchup. But like fantasy football drafts, it’s fun to make the best educated guess based on the statistics that you have in front of you.

Who knows, you could be right!

After researching last year's statistics, offseason acquisitions, and the overall performance in the 2012 NFL Draft, I have officially made my picks for the 2013 Super Bowl. Enjoy!

2013 Super Bowl Prediction
 

New England Patriots vs. Green Bay Packers

Both of these teams have something to prove after a disappointing end to their 2011-12 seasons. Here is a breakdown of each team:

New England Patriots

The New England Patriots made it to Super Bowl XLVI and were drop pass away from winning their fourth Super Bowl in franchise history. Critics will say that Tom Brady is getting old and their team is passed their glory days of the early 2000’s, but I beg to differ.

new england super bowl 2013 picks QuintEventsBrady threw for over 5,000 yards last season without a legitimate big-time receiver. Yes he had Wes Welker, but Welker is a slot receiver who burned defenses with his speed across the middle. With the addition of Brandon Lloyd and arguably the best tight end duo of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez, the Patriots will never struggle putting points on the board.

The biggest weakness for the Patriots last season was their defense. They ranked 31st in overall yards allowed and 26th overall with only 12 interceptions. To counter their weakness, the Patriots focused heavily on their defense during the offseason. They added top defensive draft prospects Dont’a Hightower and Chandler Jones to their linebacking/defensive line core and got a great value pick with Alfonzo Dennard as their slot corner. They upgraded a lackluster 2011 defense with a youthful front seven for 2012. Look for the Patriots’ defense to improve just enough to push them into the
2013 Super Bowl.

Green Bay Packers

aaron rodgers green bay packers quinteventsSimilar to the Patriots, the Green Bay Packers fell short of reaching their target goal. As the NFL’s best regular season team in 2011 (15-1), the Packers were upset by the New York Giants in the NFC Championship Game falling a game short for a chance to repeat as Super Bowl Champions.

In 2011 the Packers had nothing to prove. They already won the Super Bowl in the previous year and seemed to be going through the motions throughout the entire season. Their NFC Championship Game loss angered the beast and the Packers are poised for redemption in 2012.

The Packers offense will continue to shine in 2012 with Aaron Rogers at the helm. The additions of Jeff Saturday on the offensive line and a veteran running back in Cedric Benson, will only strengthen an offense that ranked 3rd in total offense in 2011.

Additions to a woeful 2011 defense will propel the Packers into the 2013 Super Bowl. Ranked dead last in total defense in 2011, the Packers made its biggest offseason move by drafting Nick Perry in the first round. They had a glaring hole at outside linebacker and Perry’s great athleticism will give them a constant threat on the outside edge. They also spent the next five draft picks on defense taking defensive tackle Jerel Worthy, cornerback Casey Hayward, defensive tackle Mike Daniels, safety Jerron McMillian, and linebacker Terrell Manning.

With the addition of new talent on both sides of the ball, the Packers are primed to make a trip to Super Bowl XLVII.

What are your 2013 Super Bowl predictions? Share them below.

Top 3 Reasons to Purchase Official Ticket Packages

 

Don't Risk It. Buy Official Ticket Packages

ticket-scalping-disadvantages-quinteventsWhat if this ticket I just scalped is a fake? Then what?

Anyone who has purchased a ticket from a scalper has asked themselves this question. What happens when you spend $10, $20, or even $100 on a game ticket, only to find out that it's a fake!

Not a good feeling.

Ticket scalping is a very common way for sports enthusiast to get instant access into sporting events. Typically executed in the vicinity of the venue of the event, it's widely accepted as a quick, easy, last minute way to get into sporting events. Here are some additional advantages to ticket scapling:

Ticket Scalping Advantages:

- Allows for last minute purchase and spontaneous access to events

- Instant gratification – buy the ticket right outside the event you want to attend

However, as our horror story indicates, the disadvantages to ticket scalping far outnumber its advantages.

avoid-ticket-scalping-with-official-ticket-packages-quinteventsTicket Scalping Disadvantages:

- Risk of buying fraudulent tickets

- No price guarantee

- Negotiation skills are needed for best price

- No guarantees or return policy

- Many states have anti-scalping regulations

Even with a laundry list of disadvantages, ticket scalping continues to thrive outside many big name sporting events. Large events such as the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Game, and Kentucky Derby have several scalpers outside the event looking to sell their inventory to the curious sports enthusiast.

But when you're spending your hard earned money at a big sporting event, why risk the legitimacy of your ticket package?

The best way to attend any event is through official ticket packages. Official ticket packages come direct from the ticket source and not through a third party vendor, ensuring the authenticness of the tickets. Don't put yourself in the awkward position to scalp your tickets and question their legitimacy. Buy official ticket packages to your next event. Here are three reasons why.

3 Reasons to Purchase Official Ticket Packages


1. Security

Buying official ticket packages directly from the source offers you piece of mind during your buying experience. Official ticket packages alleviate the risk of broker and scalper integrity giving you 100% official tickets to your favorite sporting events. You will never have to ask yourself, “Are these tickets real?” With official ticket packages, you already know the answer!


2. Guaranteed Inventory

The Postgame On-Field Experience is unmatched - you've never seen the NFL like this!

Many scalpers plan on getting tickets and create an inventory as such. So what happens if you book through an unofficial broker, they get your money, but isn’t able to get the tickets he or she promised? Bad news for the buyer.

In this scenario, the buyer may or may not get their money back and their plans on attending the event are ruined. Buying official ticket packages directly from the source will guarantee the purchaser an inventory of tickets to choose from. You will be guaranteed the tickets in which you purchase and are not subject to any third party ticket availability.

3. Price Guarantee

Scalpers are notorious for charging higher prices for tickets, especially for popular events. For example, 2012 Super Bowl tickets were selling on the secondary market for 10 times the face value for a single ticket!

Official ticket packages include fixed pricing, so you don’t need to worry about playing the market and running the risk of being priced out. Fixed pricing keeps the costs low to the consumer and lowers secondary market inflation from scalpers.

Have you ever had a good/bad experience with a ticket scalper/broker? Share your story below. 

2012 NBA Mock Draft 4.0

 

2012-nba-draft-packages-quinteventsWith the 2012 NBA Draft just two days away, it's time for several teams to make some big decisions as they look to add the missing piece to their organization. This week's mock draft features three different mock drafts, including two expert mocks from Jeff Goodman and Matt Moore of CBSSports.com.

I'll compare my weekly mock draft to theirs and provide a full breakdown of the top five picks in each of our mock drafts. Enjoy!

2012 NBA Draft First Round

Team/Pick Matt Cullen's Mock Jeff Goodman's Mock Matt Moore's Mock
1. New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Davis
2. Charlotte Bobcats Thomas Robinson Thomas Robinson Thomas Robinson
3. Washington Wizards Bradley Beal Bradley Beal Bradley Beal
4. Cleveland Cavaliers Harrison Barnes Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
5. Sacramento Kings Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Harrison Barnes Harrison Barnes
6. Portland Trail Blazers Andre Drummond Andre Drummond Andre Drummond
7. Golden State Warriors Dion Waiters Dion Waiters Dion Waiters
8. Toronto Raptors Damian Lillard Damian Lillard Damian Lillard
9. Detroit Pistons John Henson Meyers Leonard  John Henson 
10. New Orleans Hornets Kendall Marshall Jeremy Lamb Tyler Zeller
11. Portland Trail Blazers Jeremy Lamb Austin Rivers  Austin Rivers 
12. Milwaukee Bucks Tyler Zeller Tyler Zeller  Meyers Leonard
13. Phoenix Suns Austin Rivers Kendall Marshall Kendall Marshall
14. Houston Rockets Meyers Leonard Jared Sullinger Jeremy Lamb 
15. Philadelphia 76ers Jared Sullinger Arnett Moultrie Arnett Moultrie
16. Houston Rockets  Arnett Moultrie John Henson Terrence Jones
17. Dallas Mavericks  Perry Jones III Perry Jones III Terrence Ross
18. Houston Rockets  Terrence Ross Terrence Ross Quincy Miller 
19. Orlando Magic  Moe Harkless Moe Harkless Royce White
20. Denver Nuggets  Tony Wroten Jr. Terrence Jones Perry Jones III
21. Boston Celtics  Royce White Fab Melo Jared Sullinger
22. Boston Celtics  Fab Melo Royce White Evan Fournier
23. Atlanta Hawks  Andrew Nicholson Andrew Nicholson  Andrew Nicholson
24. Cleveland Cavaliers  Jeffrey Taylor Jeffrey Taylor Tony Wroten 
25. Memphis Grizzlies  Marquis Teague Doron Lamb  Marquis Teague 
26. Indiana Pacers  Quincy Miller Will Barton  Fab Melo
27. Miami Heat  John Jenkins John Jenkins Jeffrey Taylor
28. Oklahoma City Thunder  Doron Lamb Draymond Green  Festus Ezuli
29. Chicago Bulls  Tyshawn Taylor Tyshawn Taylor Draymond Green
30. Golden State Warriors  Draymond Green Quincy Miller Tyshawn Taylor 

Breaking Down the Top 5 Picks

In true form of last week's NBA Mock Draft, we each agree on the first three picks in this year's draft. Anthony Davis is a lock at number one, but it's anyone's guess who will follow him. The Bobcats are looking to trade the number two overall pick in hopes of gaining additional picks in this year's draft. The best suitor for them would be Cleveland, who could trade the number four and twenty-four picks for the second overall. If it stays status quo, the Bobcats will look to Kansas forward Thomas Robinson with the second pick. He gives the team a big body, who also possesses the ability to shoot from long range. He will stretch the opposing defenses and add some much needed offense to a depleted Bobcats squad.

At number three, the Washington Wizards will add Bradley Beal to their backcourt. A Beal/Wall backcourt will be one of the best in the NBA. With Wall's ball handling skills and Beal's shooting ability, the Wizards will give teams fits on the offensive end. With the recent addition of Trevor Ariza, the Wizards are no longer looking to acquire another small forward, so Beal is a perfect addition to their team with the third pick.

Our projected fourth and fifth picks include the same players (Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Harrison Barnes), but differ on the order of each pick. The two experts agree that Michael Kidd-Gilchrist will be selected by the Cavaliers at number four. Jeff Goodman said the following about Kidd-Gilchrist heading to Cleveland, "The Cavs need just about everything except for a point guard. They appear to love the high-motor and intensity of MKG - even though he's not nearly as skilled on the offensive end as Harrison Barnes." I agree that MKG has the better motor, but Cleveland has the franchise point guard in Kyrie Irving that will make Harrison Barnes an incredible NBA player. Irving's ability to slash through the lane will give Barnes several kick out opportunities from long range. He will not have to create his own shot, which fits perfectly into his game.

The experts have Harrison Barnes headed to the Kings, but I have serious doubts. Barnes walked away from a workout with Sacramento, which is never a good introduction to your potential team. Matt Moore, however, has an interesting take on Barnes walk away. "It should be noted that Barnes walked away from a workout with the Kings, which is either confidence from a top-four promise, or a tactic to make everyone think that." I believe Barnes has a promise from Cleveland, so Kidd-Gilchrist is the logical choice for the Kings.

Attend the 2012 NBA Draft

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2012 NBA Mock Draft 3.0

 

2012-nba-draft-packages-quinteventsWith the 2012 NBA Draft eight days away, it's time for several teams to make some big decisions as they look to add the missing piece to their organization. This week's mock draft features three different mock drafts, including two expert mocks from Jeff Goodman and Matt Moore of CBSSports.com.

I'll compare my weekly mock draft to theirs and provide a full analysis of our agreements and disagreements on this year's Draft order. As they always say... the more the merrier. Enjoy!

2012 NBA Draft First Round

Team/Pick Matt Cullen's Mock Jeff Goodman's Mock Matt Moore's Mock
1. New Orleans Hornets Anthony Davis Anthony Davis Anthony Davis
2. Charlotte Bobcats Bradley Beal Bradley Beal Bradley Beal
3. Washington Wizards Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Michael Kidd-Gilchrist Michael Kidd-Gilchrist
4. Cleveland Cavaliers Harrison Barnes Harrison Barnes Thomas Robinson
5. Sacramento Kings Thomas Robinson Thomas Robinson Harrison Barnes
6. Portland Trail Blazers Andre Drummond Andre Drummond Andre Drummond
7. Golden State Warriors Perry Jones III Jared Sullinger  Jared Sullinger
8. Toronto Raptors Damian Lillard Jeremy Lamb  Jeremy Lamb 
9. Detroit Pistons John Henson Meyers Leonard  John Henson 
10. New Orleans Hornets Kendall Marshall Damian Lillard  Damian Lillard 
11. Portland Trail Blazers Jeremy Lamb Kendall Marshall  Austin Rivers 
12. Milwaukee Bucks Jared Sullinger Perry Jones III   Terrence Jones 
13. Phoenix Suns Terrence Ross Dion Waiters  Perry Jones III 
14. Houston Rockets Tyler Zeller John Henson  Meyers Leonard 
15. Philadelphia 76ers Terrance Jones Austin Rivers  Tyler Zeller 
16. Houston Rockets  Arnett Moultrie Tyler Zeller  Terrence Ross 
17. Dallas Mavericks  Austin Rivers Terrence Jones  Kendall Marshall 
18. Minnesota Timberwolves  Dion Waiters Moe Harkless  Quincy Miller 
19. Orlando Magic  Meyers Leonard Arnett Moultrie  Dion Waiters 
20. Denver Nuggets  Tony Wroten Jr. Marquis Teague  Arnett Moultrie 
21. Boston Celtics  Fab Melo Terrence Ross  Moe Harkless 
22. Boston Celtics  Jeffrey Taylor Fab Melo  Royce White 
23. Atlanta Hawks  Royce White Andrew Nicholson  Evan Fournier 
24. Cleveland Cavaliers  Quincy Miller Royce White  Tony Wroten 
25. Memphis Grizzlies  Moe Harkless Doron Lamb  Marquis Teague 
26. Indiana Pacers  Marquis Teague Will Barton  Festus Ezeli 
27. Miami Heat  John Jenkins Festus Ezeli  Tyshawn Taylor 
28. Oklahoma City Thunder  Andrew Nicholson Draymond Green  Jeffrey Taylor 
29. Chicago Bulls  Doron Lamb Tyshawn Taylor Doron Lamb 
30. Golden State Warriors  Draymond Green Evan Fournier  Andrew Nicholson 

Breaking Down The Picks

Each of us agree on the first three picks in this year's draft. Anthony Davis will be the focal point in the Hornets' lineup for many years and there is no chance that New Orleans will pass on him at number one. With the second pick, each of us agree that the Charlotte Bobcats will take Bradley Beal, shooting guard from Florida. The Bobcats suffered from the perimeter last year and had one of the worst offenses in the league. Drafting Beal would give the Bobcats a capable shooter at the two guard who should contribute heavily to their offense.

With the third overall pick, we agree that Washington will select Michael Kidd-Gilchrist from Kentucky. The Wizards went small forward heavy in last year's draft and they will continue the trend this year. Gilchrist will be a smaller sized SF, but he possesses the energy and toughness to perform well at the NBA level. If he can develop some bulk, he should be a terror at the NBA level.

After the first three picks, none of us seem to be in agreement on the remaining 27 first round picks. It wouldn't be any fun if everyone agreed... That's what's great about NBA Mock Drafts!

We did, however, agree that Damian Lillard will be the first point guard selected in this year's draft. I have him going to Toronto with the eigth overall pick, whereas Goodman and Moore have him going to the Hornets at number 10. He is a score first point guard who could do a lot for either the Raptors or Hornets, both of whom struggled on the offensive end last season. 

A featured player in this week's mock draft is Jared Sullinger, PF from Ohio State. Sullinger was red flagged by NBA doctors this week because of a back injury. Goodman and Moore still believe that he is a top 10 talent and will likely go to Golden State at number seven. I think his injury will hurt his draft stock and that is why I have him as the 12th pick to Milwaukee. When a player is red flagged it usually means he will be taken later on in the draft. However, I believe a team in need of a big body will roll the dice on Sullinger, who was a lottery projected pick all last season.

What are your thoughts on the picks? Share your thoughts below!

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2012 NBA Mock Draft

 

QuintEvents NBA Draft 2012Last week’s NBA Draft Lottery was filled with surprises, excitement, and disappointment for the 14 lottery teams vying for the first overall pick in this month’s NBA Draft. Now that the first 14 picks are set, here is my NBA Lottery Mock Draft.

First Round NBA Draft Lottery Picks

1. New Orleans Hornets –Anthony Davis, C, Kentucky

There is no question that Davis will be the first overall pick in this year’s draft. Davis is the complete package. He can shoot, defend, and run the floor, all while being 6’10’’. He reminds me a lot of Dwight Howard with a jump shot… scary! The ping pong lottery balls bounced in New Orleans favor and they will get their franchise center for the foreseeable future.

2. Charlotte Bobcats – Thomas Robinson, PF, Kansas

The Bobcats’ bad luck continued on Lottery day when they lost out on the first overall pick. That being said, the Bobcats need to draft the most NBA ready big man remaining on their board. Robinson is not a project and can come in immediately and contribute to a depleted Bobcats front court. He has great athleticism, tremendous rebound potential, and can stretch out opposing teams big men with his long range shooting ability. He is not Anthony Davis, but he’s the Bobcats’ best option.

3. Washington Wizards – Bradley Beal, G, Florida

Washington could go a number of ways with this pick, but I think Beal is their best option. Jordan Crawford is the only shooting guard under contract for next season, so there is need to find an additional guard. Kidd-Gilchrist and Andre Drummond are also mocked at number three, but Washington went SF heavy in last year’s draft and they picked up Nene mid season. Adding Beal with John Wall could give Washington one of the most dynamic and explosive back courts in the NBA.

4. Cleveland Cavaliers – Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, SF, Kentucky

There has been some talk between the Phoenix Suns and Cleveland over restricted free agent Alfonzo Gee. He is currently the Cavs’ SF and their best option at the position. If Kidd-Gilchrist is available at number four the Cavs will need to decide whether or not to let Gee go through free agency. I believe their best option is to go with Kidd-Gilchrist if he is available and let Gee explore free agency. They are similar type players, but Kidd-Gilchrist adds height and is a better defender.

5. Sacramento Kings – Andre Drummond, C, Connecticut

The Kings need some help on the inside and Drummond can help fill that need. He is the second rated center in this year’s draft and could give the Kings’ a reliable centerpiece to build around. He is a little raw and will need to develop some necessary skills to be productive in the NBA. The upside is there, but it may take some time to before he is a force at the next level.

6. Portland Trail Blazers (from Brooklyn) – Damian Lillard, PG, Weber State

Portland has the 6th and 11th pick in this year’s draft and is looking to find the final pieces after a disappointing 2011-12 season. Drafting Lillard here will give the Trail Blazers one of the most dynamic scorers in college last season. He is not a pure point guard, but he has the ability to take his defender off the dribble and score at a high percentage. If he develops a passing game as well, he will be an elite point guard in the NBA.

7. Golden State Warriors – Harrison Barnes, SF, North Carolina

Barnes had some difficulty last year finding his shot, but he possesses the necessary size and build for a SF in the NBA. Playing on the same team as Stephen Curry may help Barnes, as Curry distributes the ball well to his teammates. This could be a good pick for the Warriors.

8. Toronto Raptors – Jeremy Lamb, SG, UConn

Being a defensive minded team, the Raptors can add one of the best defending SG’s in this year’s draft. With a 7’0” wingspan, Lamb possesses the ability to be a shutdown defender against most of the league’s best shooting guards. He also has a great shooting touch, which makes him the perfect pick for the Raptors.

9. Detroit Pistons – John Henson, PF, North Carolina

The Pistons need some size in the middle to pair with Greg Monroe, who was the team’s leading scorer last year. Henson improved tremendously in his junior year at UNC and will give the Pistons some serious length on the interior. He could be a great player at the next level, but he will need to bulk up in order to play inside.

10. New Orleans Hornets (from Minnesota) – Austin Rivers, G, Duke

After taking Davis with the first pick, the Hornets add another explosive player in Rivers. Rivers is a dynamic scorer and will give the Hornets the added flexibility to play both guard positions. Great pick for the Hornets.

11. Portland Trail Blazers – Tyler Zeller, C, North Carolina

After selecting a point guard with their first pick, Portland will address their need for a center. Zeller is the best shooting center in this year’s draft and he also has the ability to defend. If he develops a strong post game, he could be a great center at the NBA level.

12. Milwaukee Bucks – Perry Jones, PF, Baylor

The Bucks have a huge hole in the middle of their lineup after trading Andrew Bogut. Jones will give the Bucks some much needed size, but he needs to add some weight in order to transition well to the NBA.

13. Phoenix Suns – Kendall Marshall, PG, North Carolina

The Suns need to find a replacement for Steve Nash who they will lose to free agency. Marshall is a true floor leader at the point and will distribute the ball very well at the NBA level. His biggest weakness is his shooting ability, but experts said the same thing about Rajon Rondo. I think Marshall will be ok!

14. Houston Rockets – Meyers Leonard, C, Illinois

The Rockets desperately need a center. Whoever is the best center available on their draft board will be taken with this pick. Zeller and Leonard are the two most likely selections at this part of the draft and both will be welcomed additions in Houston.

What are your thoughts on my picks? Share your thoughts below!

Attend the 2012 NBA Draft

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2012 NFL Draft: Mock Draft

 

2012 NFL Draft Mock Draft QuintEventsLast update: Thursday April 19, 2012. We are one week away from the 2012 NFL Draft! My top 10 picks are set, but there is still some major shuffling late in the first round. See who your favorite team will pick in "primetime" on April 26, 2012!

Next update: Our final 2012 NFL Mock Draft will be on Draft Day, April 26, 2012! Follow us on Twitter @QuintEvents and on Facebook for updates on the 2012 NFL Draft.

Round 1

1. Indianapolis (2-14) Andrew Luck, QB, Stanford

Any surprise here? Andrew Luck will be the first pick in the 2012 NFL Draft!

2. Washington (5-11) Robert Griffin III, QB, Baylor

The Redskins made the move to number two in order to pick Robert Griffin III. I believe he will be a franchise caliber quarterback in the NFL and will make the Redskins a playoff caliber team within 2-3 years.

3. Minnesota (3-13) Matt Kalil, OT, USC

The Vikings have a lot invested in Christian Ponder and Adrian Peterson and are in desperate need of an offensive tackle. Matt Kalil is the best offensive tackle prospect to come out of college since Jake Long. He is a Pro-Bowl caliber LT and will protect the Vikings’ prized assets for many years to come.

4. Cleveland (4-12) Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama

I had Morris Claiborne here for the past few weeks, but I’m beginning to think that the Browns will go offense here at number four. They missed out on all of the top quarterbacks this offseason and they lost Peyton Hillis to free agency. Richardson’s pass-catching ability makes him a great fit in Cleveland's West Coast offense and should help Colt McCoy with short yardage passes.

5. Tampa Bay (4-12) Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU

The Bucs will get their man here at number five! Claiborne will help a depleted Bucs’ secondary and will be a feature corner in Tampa for several years.

6. St. Louis (2-14) Justin Blackmon, WR, Oklahoma State

Sam Bradford needs an additional deep threat in his arsenal and Blackmon has the speed to succeed in the NFL. He may not be the flashiest WR, but he is the top WR option in this year’s draft.

7. Jacksonville (5-11) Melvin Ingram, DE/OLB, South Carolina

I had Coples projected here last week, but I believe his character issues will cause him to drop in the draft. Ingram will be a welcomed addition for Jacksonville’s pass rush and can play DE or outside linebacker for the Jags.

8. Miami (6-10) Ryan Tannehill, QB, Texas A&M

Miami swung and missed with Peyton Manning and Matt Flynn. They signed David Garrard to compete with Matt Moore for the starting job, but I do not think either of them is a long-term answer at QB. Tannehill’s draft stock has risen over the past few weeks after several team interviews. The Dolphins' offensive coordinator, Mike Sherman, was Tannehill’s head coach in college, so there will be come comfort in drafting him at number eight.

9. Carolina Panthers (6-10) Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi

Fletcher Cox has been moving up many team’s draft boards. He has generated a lot of buzz in Charlotte and many experts have him going to the Panthers here. The Panthers have a severe need for an interior defensive lineman to stop the run. Cox is a perfect fit for the Panthers and will be a great value pick at number 9.

10. Buffalo (6-10) Riley Reiff, OT, Iowa

The Bills have spruced up their defense and are no longer in need of a defensive end. They did not re-sign starting left tackle Demetress Bell, so there is a hole at that position. Reiff is the best player left on the draft board and can easily replace Bell as their starting left tackle.

11. Kansas City (7-9) Luke Kuechly, ILB, Boston College

This pick is based on the Chiefs choosing the best player available. They do not have need at middle linebacker, but Kuechly is a special player. He interviewed well with NFL teams and was a tackling machine at Boston College. He will be tough to overlook here at 11.

12. Seattle (7-9) Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina

Coples is a little bit of a risk here at number 12. The Seahawks need to upgrade their pass rush and the defensive end position. Coples is the most talented DE in this year’s draft, but his character issues have caused his draft stock to drop. If the Seahawks focus on his upside, he could be a steal at number 12.

13. Arizona (8-8) David DeCastro, OG, Stanford

Improving their offensive line should be the Cardinals’ biggest priority. Kevin Kolb struggled last season, due in large part to the team’s inability to protect him and create a pocket. DeCastro is the best guard prospect in this year’s draft and can help the interior of Arizona’s offensive line. He will protect Kolb in passing situations and will have the ability to open up the run for the Cardinals’ backs.

14. Dallas (8-8) Mark Barron, S, Alabama

The Cowboys signed cornerback Brandon Carr and it is unlikely that they will take another corner with this pick. They still need help at strong safety, because Brodney Pool is not the answer. Barron is a strong, physical safety who will be a terror to wide receivers in the NFL.

15. Philadelphia (8-8) Dontari Poe, NT, Memphis

The Eagles have had a hole in the defensive line ever since Brodrick Bunkley went to Denver. Poe is a physically gifted athlete who will be attractive to a team like Philadelphia. Also, Andy Reid has a history of drafting DT early, so it’s likely to occur again in this year’s draft.

16. New York Jets (8-8) Chandler Jones, DE/OLB, Syracuse

A week ago, Chandler Jones was not on my radar as a first round pick. After listening to several draft experts about his potential and the tendancy for pass rushers to go early, Jones is now a top 20 pick. The Jets are in desperate need of a pass rusher after a poor 2011 defensive campaign. Jones will give the Jets the flexibility to play either OLB or DE. He is a little raw, but given the right coaching, Jones could develop into an elite pass rusher at the NFL level.

17. Cincinnati from Oakland (8-8) Stephon Gilmore, CB, South Carolina

Gilmore has shot up draft boards and is now the second best corner prospect in this year’s draft. Many draft experts have Gilmore going as high as number 9 to Carolina. I have a hard time selecting him that high, and many teams have other needs. Cincinnati has some holes at the corner position and Gilmore will help support Nate Clements in the secondary.

18. San Diego (8-8) Courtney Upshaw, DE/OLB, Alabama

I had the Chargers taking an offensive lineman with this pick, but they recently re-signed Jared Gaither and Nick Hardwick to four and three year deals respectively. I believe they will address their lack of pass rushing ability by drafting Upshaw with this pick. They recently signed former Baltimore Ravens linebacker, Jarret Johnson, but he is going to be more of a complementary guy to Antwan Barnes. They still need a true pass-rusher and Upshaw will give them the ability to get to the opposing QB.

19. Chicago (8-8) Michael Floyd, WR, Notre Dame

Yes, the Bears addressed their need at WR by trading for Brandon Marshall, and it would make sense to take an offensive lineman here. But the Bears need to transition their weapons on offense. They have relied upon small, quick wide receivers in the past, which has not worked. Trading for Marshall and drafting Floyd will give the Bears two big wide receiver targets for Jay Cutler. This should help Cutler’s accuracy and limit his interceptions going forward. If Floyd is still available at number 19, the Bears will take him!

20. Tennessee (9-7) Dre Kirkpatrick, CB, Alabama

The Titans need a lot of help on defense, so they will likely draft the best defensive prospect available. With the departure of Cortland Finnegan to free agency, the Titans are left with a big hole at corner. Kirkpatrick was once projected in the top 10, so he will be a great value for the Titans at 20.

21. Cincinnati (9-7) Cordy Glenn, OL, Georgia

Glenn had a great NFL Combine and assured himself of a first round pick. Nate Livings signed with the Cowboys via free agency so there is need at the offensive line. Glenn has tremendous upside and will be a better long-term option over Livings.  

22. Cleveland from Atlanta (10-6) Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor

The Browns need an impact receiver to help whoever their QB might be. Wright is a Wes Welker type receiver who will open up short passes from the QB. He will also be a terror in space with his speed and athleticism to get around corners. Good pick for the Browns.

23. Detroit (10-6) Jonathan Martin, OT, Stanford

I had the Lions taking Janoris Jenkins for the past few weeks. His off the field legal issues are worrisome and the Lions do not need any additional negative press. Martin is a safe pick here at 23 and is the best player available on the draft board.  

24. Pittsburgh (12-4) Mike Adams, OT, Ohio State

The Steelers need a huge upgrade at offensive guard, but many of the best guard prospects are taken. Adams is the best available offensive lineman, so the Steelers could have him transition into the guard position. They are also likely to trade down into the second round and pick up a true guard in exchange for additional picks. 

25. Denver (8-8) Michael Brockers, DT, LSU

Even with the Peyton Manning signing, the Broncos need a defensive player that can generate pressure up the middle. The loss of Brodrick Bunkley to the Saints is a huge loss for the Broncos defense. Brockers will go a long way in helping the Broncos’ defense stop the run and build for the future.

26. Houston (10-6) Stephen Hill, WR, Georgia Tech

Hill had an amazing combine and assured himself as a first round pick. The Texans are in need of a big-time receiver opposite of Andre Johnson. Hill will demand attention from corners, which should open up the passing/running game for the Texans. Great pick for them at 26.

27. New England from New Orleans (13-3) Whitney Mercilus, DE/OLB, Illinois

New England needs to upgrade its pass rush and secondary in the 2012 Draft. Mercilus will be an immediate upgrade at defensive end and he will offer the Patriots the flexibility of playing him at outside linebacker.

28. Green Bay (14-2) Shea McClellin, OLB, Boise State

I have read several articles about the Packers’ interest in McClellin. He was projected to go in the second round, but many teams have become interested in his services. In order for the Packers to nab their guy, they will have to select him in the first round. He will be an upgrade at outside linebacker and will be a nice complement opposite Clay Matthews.

29. Baltimore (12-4) Dont’a Hightower, LB, Alabama

Baltimore has some serious issues at the linebacker position. They lost Johnson to the Chargers and Ray Lewis is possibly in his last year in the NFL. Hightower is the best linebacker prospect available and will help the Ravens develop a youthful linebacking core for the future.

30. San Francisco (13-3) Coby Fleener, TE, Stanford

The 49ers just signed Randy Moss and Mario Manningham, so they will not be drafting a WR. However, I believe they will need to build trust with Alex Smith whose ego has to be shattered with the organization’s Peyton Manning pursuit. Taking a page from the Patriots, the 49ers will draft an additional tight end to go opposite Vernon Davis. Jim Harbaugh’s offense utilizes multiple tight ends and Fleener gives Smith a big target to hit downfield.

31. New England (14-2) Devon Still, NT, Penn State

New England has to address their defense that had a difficult time creating pressure on the quarterback. With Haynesworth gone, the Patriots need to focus on the interior of their defensive line.  Still is a big bodied defender who will help clog rushing lanes while generating pressure on the QB in passing situations.

32. New York Giants (9-7) Dwayne Allen, TE, Clemson

Jake Ballard tore his ACL in the Super Bowl and there is doubt that he can return next season. The TE position is vital to the success of many NFL teams and I think Allen can replace Ballard as he recovers from his injuries. This may be a reach for Allen, so this pick could potentially be the best player available on the Giants’ draft board.

 

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