As today is September 1st, the calendar in sports is more packed than usual. 32 NFL teams will start their season this month, as well as 30 MLB teams finishing their abbreviated regular season. 7 NHL teams enter the month still playing, and the trade window is open for the other 24, and finally, 10 NBA teams still reside in Orlando with the other 20 have an offseason to ponder. I may do this every month, but today, I'm asking the biggest questions for each of these 123 teams, and this will include anything about the organization (cc: Washington Football Team) on or off the field/court/ice.
New York Yankees
Will the team be able to stay healthy as they push for the playoffs, and eventually, who will or won't be available in October?
Tampa Bay Rays
Will the bullpen be healthy come playoff time?
Toronto Blue Jays
Can the recently acquired pitchers be the key to a playoff run?
After selling key bullpen pieces Castro and Givens, where does the team stand? Are they still a potential postseason team?
Boston Red Sox
How much longer do I have to watch this disaster?
What momentum will the Twins gather on the way to the playoffs, and will Maeda and Dobnak continue to overperform?
With trading Clevinger, who will step in to fill his spot as the number 2? Plesac, Civale, and Carrasco are all strong starters, but which one will step up to the next level?
Chicago White Sox
Will the hot bats of Tim Anderson, Jose Abreu, and Luis Robert continue to carry this team to a postseason spot?
Kansas City Royals
What assets can this team build around and what assets need to be traded in the offseason to continue the rebuild?
Will the real Matt Boyd please stand up?
Is the Mike Minor trade enough to get this team over the top of the AL?
When will Jose Altuve, George Springer, and Carlos Correa step up and play to their offensive potential?
Can Kyle Lewis win rookie of the year?
Can anybody explain why a) Lance Lynn wasn't traded, b) they considered trading Joey Gallo.
Los Angeles Angels
How on earth is it possible for a team with Trout, Rendon, Fletcher, Ohtani, Pujols, Upton, Simmons, Adell, and Bundy to be this bad?
Will the rotation around Fried be enough for a deep playoff run this year?
Can Sanchez/Lopez/Hernandez/Alcantara continue to perform and carry this team to the playoffs?
New York Mets
Is this pitching staff around deGrom good enough to give the Mets a playoff chance?
Will the acquisitions of Hembree, Workman, Phelps, and Hale be enough to solve the awful bullpen and not blow this team's postseason hopes?
Can anybody stop Juan Soto or Trea Turner?
Can anybody hit outside of Soto and Turner?
What versions of Yu Darvish and the bullpen will show up in September?
St. Louis Cardinals
How will this successful misfit rotation perform in the playoff push?
Does ANYBODY on this team know how to hit a baseball?
Are the late acquistions of Goodwin and Bradley enough to supplement the star-studded rotation and take the Reds to the playoffs?
Did we insert a clause in the Archer trade where we can get Meadows, Glasnow, and Baz back?
Los Angeles Dodgers
Who's stopping them?
San Diego Padres
The farm system, while not completely barren, was more or less emptied, will the ultra aggresive deadline be worth it?
Will Mychal Givens finally be the steady rock at the back of the Rockies pen?
San Francisco Giants
How on planet earth is this team any good at all?
Will the fire sale be worth it?
New England Patriots
How will Cam Newton fit in the system?
Will Josh Allen take the next step?
Will Tua play?
New York Jets
Will Sam Darnold take the next step?
Can Deshon Elliott step up and fill Earl Thomas' shoes?
Which JuJu Smith Schuster will show up?
Which Baker Mayfield will show up?
Will Jonah Williams and the offensive line provide Joe Burrow with the time he needs to be a successful rookie quarterback?
Can we get Bill O'Brien drug tested?
How will Philip Rivers perform after an abysmal 2019 season?
Will Derrick Henry stay healthy and carry this team back to the playoffs?
Can I buy a Trevor Lawrence jersey yet?
Kansas City Chiefs
Is Clyde Edwards-Helaire truly the RB that fantasy experts project him to be?
Is Drew Lock for real?
Los Angeles Chargers
Who will replace Derwin James?
Las Vegas Raiders
Was Ruggs actually the best WR in the draft?
How much is Dak truly worth?
Can they stay healthy enough to be contenders?
New York Giants
Will Joe Judge's unconventional style help this team take the next step?
Washington Football Team
Is Dan Snyder going to be forced to sell this team, and if that is the case, how many cases of Covid will follow in the ensuing parade through the D.C. streets, and most importantly, what will this team be named going forward?
Can Mike Hughes step up and be the corner that the Vikings need?
Green Bay Packers
Is the receiving core good enough to improve on last season?
Has Mitchell Trubisky learned how to throw a football?
In what universe is Taylor Decker worth $85 million dollars?
New Orleans Saints
Will Alvin Kamara ever play for the Saints again?
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Can the defense be adequate enough to make the postseason.
Will the young defensive core step up in the absence of their Hall of Fame LB?
Is Todd Gurley healthy?
San Francisco 49ers
Who will step up in the abscence of Samuel and Sanders?
Does Jamal Adams put this team over the top?
Los Angeles Rams
Is Jared Goff going to be capable of leading this team to the playoffs?
Will this defense perform the way they did down the stretch last year and give this team a playoff chance?
Tampa Bay Lightning
Is Stammer coming back?
How much is too much for Krug?
Toronto Maple Leafs
Should Marner be traded?
Can Mike Hoffman take a team friendly deal to stay?
Can this team add a star this offseason?
Will Jack Eichel stay?
When will Melnyk sell the team?
Detroit Red Wings
Should the Wings go after Krug?
Can Carter Hart's god mode save the season? (question will be partially answered tonight)
New York Islanders
Will Barry Trotz's pixie dust carry this team to a cup?
Who is the right coach for the future?
Is it possible to get rid of Jack Johnson?
What's the goaltending situation in the future?
Columbus Blue Jackets
Will Dubois take a team friendly deal?
New York Rangers
Will the Rangers be able to eventually pay everybody in the distant future?
New Jersey Devils
What is an appropriate price for Kyle Palmieri?
What got into the Avs last night? And can it continue?
Can the Stars win the Cup?
St. Louis Blues
How much will Pietrangelo write on the blank check that they should undoubtedly give him?
Are the Scheifele and Laine injuries going to hinder the future?
If the right offer comes, should Ellis be traded?
Can this team take the steps needed to avoid mediocrity?
Is this team ready to retool and be competitive again?
Vegas Golden Knights
Are they the favorites to win the Cup?
Can the season be saved?
Is it possible to acquire a whole new defensive core in one offseason?
Who needs to go, because clearly, this isn't working.
Will Taylor Hall come back?
Which assets on this team are tradeable?
Los Angeles Kings
How to build around Quinton Byfield (clicks enter)
San Jose Sharks
Which bad contracts will other teams take?
Can they progress in the playoffs and not stagnate the way Philly has?
If the Celtics have figured out Pascal Siakam, how do you win games?
Who will be the next head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers?
Who is the right fit to coach this team of interesting characters?
New York Knicks
Can the Knicks have a competent offseason and not throw huge deals at mediocrity (cough cough Julius Randle)
Is Jimmy Buckets capable of pulling a 2019 Kawhi?
Is it possible to get out of mediocrity without marquee free agents or tanking?
Why was this team invited to the bubble?
Who will be available at 3? Wiseman, Ball, or Edwards?
Is a Young-Collins duo enough to take a team to the playoffs?
Can Giannis shed his playoff demons and lead the Bucks to glory?
Who will be the next coach of the Indiana Pacers?
Who is the "best of the rest" in this draft class?
Is there nowhere to go but up?
Is Sexton-Garland a backcourt of the future?
Will Jamal Murray sizzle enough to win game 7, and then beyond?
Oklahoma City Thunder
Can Chris Paul carry a hungry team to the game 7 win?
Will Donovan Mitchell carry the Jazz to a game 7 win?
Portland Trail Blazers
Who can supplement the core of Lillard, McCollum and Nurkic for a championship run next year?
Ball, Edwards, or Wiseman? The choice is yours.
If they lose game 7, will the Rockets fire D'Antoni
What's the longest contract the NBA allows and how can they give it to Luka Doncic right now?
Can JJJ be the what they need him to be after the injury?
San Antonio Spurs
Should the Spurs tank?
New Orleans Pelicans
How do you keep Zion healthy long term, and who will coach this team?
Los Angeles Lakers
Will LeBron be able to overcome Kawhi and PG (if they play the Clippers)?
Los Angeles Clippers
Are they the title favorites?
Can the Bubble Suns be elected to the Hall of Fame?
Who will guide this team out of irrelevance after Vlade Divac just fruitlessly spun the tires for his entire tenure?
Golden State Warriors
Who will they take at number 2 in the draft?