Chernoff – The Confidential 06/01/17

Jeff Van Gundy Says Warriors Can Reach 8 to 10 Straight NBA Finals, The Braves’ Ronald Acuna Show continues, The Marlins draw only 1,500 fans, Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe: On track to be below 340 pounds, NFL Teams Receiving Cap Space Today, Kevin Love completed more 20-yard passes than Brock Osweiler last season, Dez Bryant dis 180 in his Bentley, and Tiger Woods Didn’t Party with Laci Kay Somers before his DUI arrest!

Jeff Van Gundy Says Warriors Can Reach 8 to 10 Straight NBA Finals!

The Golden State Warriors have won three straight Western Conference titles, and ABC broadcaster Jeff Van Gundy believes that

Television NBA analyst Jeff Van Gundy. (AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

number could balloon over the next half-decade.

Speaking to reporters on a pre-NBA Finals conference call Tuesday, Van Gundy said he thinks the Warriors could make up to 10 straight appearances on the game’s grandest stage.

“Just the combination of offense and defense, the talent that they’ve been able to amass, it puts them in position where this is a dynasty to me,” he said, per Omnisport’s Joe Rodgers (via Sporting News). “They have their youth, their health. I see nothing preventing them from going to eight to 10 straight Finals. It will be a massive upset if they’re not there each and every year.”

The Ronald Acuna Show continued last night!

He’s now played 21 games at AA Mississippi and he just keeps raking.

Braves’ center fielder Ronald Acuna. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

Acuna was 4-for-5 last night with 2 more SB, an RBI, and a run scored.

He’s now hitting .415 with an 467 On base and he’s slugging .634

Acuna has 34 hits, 7 2B, 3 HR, 15 RBI, 14 Runs scored to go with 12 SB at AA.

Acuna has 26 SB’s combined in 49 minor league games.

He’s still just 19 years old!

Miami crowd of 1,590 still more than Braves’ attendance low

An Associated Press reporter did a headcount of  the fans attending Wednesday’s afternoon matchup between the Phillies and Marlins in Miami.

An unidentified fan sits amidst empty seats during a Miami Marlins baseball game. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

One thousand five hundred and ninety. Yes, 1,590.

Per MLB policy, since 1993, announced attendance represents tickets sold, not the number of people in the stadium. The official recorded attendance Wednesday — i.e., tickets sold — was 15,197.

The Washington Post notes that Wednesday’s game at Marlins Park was the least-attended major league game since a Sept. 5, 1989, affair between the San Diego Padres and Atlanta Braves  at Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. Just 1,528 fans showed up that day. The previous low that season was 2,047 on May 4 against Philadelphia.

Not a lot of fans went to Braves games back then. 

These are the lowest attended games (turnstile numbers) in Braves history, according to the AJC in 1989:

  • Sept. 8, 1975: 737
  • Sept. 6, 1977: 877
  • Sept. 14, 1976: 970
  • Sept. 24, 1974: 1,045
  • Sept. 4, 1975: 1,062

Falcons DT Dontari Poe looks on track for weigh-in

Falcons defensive tackle Dontari Poe looks like he’s on track to easily be below 340 pounds and earn a $125,000 bonus at

Former Kansas City Chief, now with ATL: Nose tackle Dontari Poe. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)

Thursday’s OTA, writes ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. Poe signed a one-year, $8 million free agent contract with the Falcons during the offseason, and there were $500,000 of incentives tied to four weigh-ins that begin at Thursday’s OTA and continue throughout the season.

His next weigh-in will come on the first day of training camp in July, when he has to be 330 pounds or less to qualify for another $125,000 bonus. Poe was 340 pounds when the Falcons signed him, and he was listed at 346 pounds with the Chiefs last season.

Poe was a Pro Bowl nose tackle for the Chiefs in 2013 and 2014, totaling 10.5 sacks. A drop in his numbers (just 2.5 sacks) and some back issues that included surgery helped lead to the Chiefs letting Poe leave in free agency.

Teams Receiving Cap Space

Teams receiving cap space today via post-June 1 cuts:

Cowboys: $14M
Saints: $7.8M
Jets: $6M
Lions: $4.8M
Falcons: $4.25M
Chargers: $2.5M

The Falcons should now be around $8 Million under the cap once the June benefit kicks in!


Kevin Love completed more 20-yard passes than Brock Osweiler last season

ESPN’s found that during the 2016-17 season, Kevin Love completed as many if not more passes that traveled 20-plus yards in the air than six NFL teams.

Cleveland Browns’ Brock Osweiler: Not a threat outside of 20 yds.? (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

Kevin Love – 17
Rams – 17
Broncos – 15
Ravens – 13
Jags – 13
49ers – 13

Teams like Los Angeles Rams and San Francisco 49ers are predictable enough. Others, namely the Baltimore Ravens with big armed Joe Flacco under center, are surprising.

Given the success of the Houston Texans, they’re inclusion is a little surprising. Of course, it’s less surprising when we remember that Brock Osweiler was their primary quarterback in 2016.

Dez Bryant once did 180 mph in a Bentley, a long time ago

Maybe it’s a sign that Dez Bryant has matured that behavior like he admitted to Wednesday is a thing of the past.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant CAN’T DRIVE 55! (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

But it’s still frightening to think about, whenever it happened.

During a visit to Cowboys practice by Indianapolis 500 winner Takuma Sato, the topic turned to speed. And when Bryant was asked the fastest he’s ever driven in a car, he paused, then admitted some reckless behavior.

“I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna do it. I’m gonna say it. You know, I just – I don’t do it anymore,” Bryant said with a grin, according to Clarence Hill of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “When I first got my license, I got it suspended for a year because I was going a little bit too fast, if you know. The fastest I have been, I have gone probably about 180.”

Bryant was in a Bentley, and was eventually stopped by police. Eventually.

“When I got pulled over it was pretty cool,” Bryant said. “The cop said ‘I couldn’t catch you. I had to turn my lights off to get up with you.’ He didn’t give me a ticket. He thought it was pretty cool, too. It was good. He was a good sport.”

Laci Kay Somers did NOT party With Tiger before DUI arrest

Tiger Woods Didn’t Party with Me Before DUI! Model Shoots Down Rumors

Laci Kay Somers wants no part of a Tiger Woods scandal … the wildly popular, and smoking hot, Instagram model is denying rumors she was hanging with him prior to his DUI arrest.

Laci tells TMZ … multiple reports claiming she was in Florida Sunday night with Tiger are completely false. She insists she was in L.A. all weekend with her mom, and more to the point … she’s NEVER met Tiger.

Fact is, Laci fits the mold — smoking hot blonde a la Tiger’s current squeeze Kristin Smith … not to mention Lindsey Vonn and Elin Nordegren. However, the model, who has 8 million IG followers, says she has zero history with him … no phone calls, no texts, no sliding up in the DMs.

She has no clue how the rumor started, but we’ll say this … Tiger’s done worse.