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C - Henrik Lundqvist

King Henrik is the best goaltender in the NHL. If anyone can stop balls behind the plate its Lundqvist, and he can go all Bernie Williams and rock out some nice tunes for the team after the game

1B - Manuel Neuer

Size and good hands. I’ve seen enough of Neuer’s quick reactions and plays on short-hopped shots to know that he would be able to scoop balls out of the dirt. Plus he’s enormous so errant throws will almost cease to exist.

2B - Chris Paul

Quickness and accuracy on passes make CP3 my call to make Cano-like plays at second.

SS - LeBron James

You could put LBJ anywhere and he would be successful. I’ll put him at shortstop so can essentially be my team’s Derek Jeter.

3B - Marc Gasol

A gut call. I just feel like he could handle the hot corner.

LF - Julian Edelman

A college quarterback turned wide receiver. He can catch and throw people out.

CF - Usain Bolt

He’ll have so much time to settle under a fly ball, it won’t matter if he doesn’t exactly have the greatest hand-eye coordination in the world. All we have to do is teach him how to bunt.

RF - Kevin Love

A cannon for an arm and probably a powerful bat. We can teach him how to catch the ball.

DH - Rob Gronkowski

It’s been said before here. I think this is an obvious call.

SP - Aaron Rodgers

The best quarterback in the NFL would soon become the best ace in the MLB.

CP - Russell Wilson

Calm, cool and collected on the biggest stages, Wilson should have no problem getting the three most important outs of each game.

in SQ What-If: Baseball Team Without Baseball Players
3/1/15, 12:37 PM

The NFC South and NFC North will have similar match ups next Sunday. In the South, the Falcons and Panthers will play head-to-head to determine which team will reach the postseason and claim the division. In the North, the Lions and Packers will face off at Lambeau to decide the division winner as well, but the difference is that both Detroit and Green Bay will be playing in January regardless of the final of that game.

The Packers are trying to finish off the regular season undefeated at home and would love to put themselves in a position to earn a bye in the first round of the playoffs as well as a chance to claim the home-field advantage. The latter is less likely but still possible and a No. 2 seed is well within reach for both of these teams.

Rodgers turned around after a bad week and showed why he is one of the best of the league, taking control throughout the contest but the biggest sign of improvement for the Packers came on the defensive end. Granted the Buccaneers do not have a potent offense by any means, but Clay Matthews and Co. did what they were supposed to do and completely shut down Tampa Bay offensively. Green Bay has struggled to stop the run throughout the year and held the Bucs to just 16 yards on the ground.

The Packers still look as dangerous as we thought they were when they beat New England back in November and next week’s game will be huge for them as they prepare for the postseason.

in Packers Clinch Playoff Spot in Win Against Buccaneers
12/21/14, 4:30 PM

After a second consecutive season below .500, the White Sox have gotten aggressive in their offseason moves and grabbed one of the best starting pitchers in the league in Jeff Samardzija and a solid closer in David Robertson.

The Yankees gave Robertson a qualifying offer earlier this offseason, which means they won’t lose Robertson for nothing, and All-Star Dellin Betances will be a good replacement so not giving Robertson all the money he wanted was probably a good move on their part especially if they are gunning for a big-name starter like Lester or Scherzer.

Chicago is much better off with these two players after having the third-worst bullpen in ERA last season and no one in the rotation aside from Chris Sale. They may fall into the same position as the Dodgers with a solid 1-2 punch but no one to step up at 3-5 but for now the White Sox should be optimistic about the signings.

Although, I am not 100 percent sold on Robertson being worth, as he put it, “Papelbon money”—I’m not sure even Papelbon is worth Papelbon money but that’s an aside—but I think considering the circumstances it is still the right move for Chicago.

Update: The Cubs have now joined their cross-town rivals as a team that has gone from bad to potential contender next season. Three big moves stand out thus far for Theo Epstein and Co.: trading for Miguel Montero, signing top pitching free agent Jon Lester and upgrading to manager Joe Maddon. Epstein and general manager Jed Hoyer—but mostly Epstein more likely—have been working to build a true contender since they came to Chicago in 2011.

They have gone and drafted great prospects and have the second-best crop of potential stars in the league next to Houston. Kris Bryant, Addison Russell and Jorge Soler all look like they have the ability to hone themselves into top players in the majors, and it was only a question of when the Cubs would start to contend. Would it be 2016, 2017, 2018?

But now that the Cubbies have made a splash and gotten the ace they need, one of the best managers in baseball and a solid backstop, watch out for Chicago in 2015.

in SQ’s MLB Winter Meeting Central
12/9/14, 1:50 AM