Zach Gothard

Zach Gothard

Football Staff Writer for The Unbalanced

  • Zach Gothard
    Published 3 years ago
    The Free Agency Storm Is Coming

    The Free Agency Storm Is Coming

    Well, that was quick. Before I could even write my story on how Chris Paul would give the Spurs an edge over the Warriors, he was putting out his thank you’s and goodbyes to LA fans and heading to Houston. That's the thing with free agency. So much build up, but it's normally all in place before players can even sign. (Unless you are DeAndre Jordan). Will players get locked into their own house this year? Wouldn't bet against it. There has been so much talk about Blake Griffin, Gordon Hayward and Paul George that people are forgetting the rest of this free agency class. And just to remind NBA fans, it’s really f-ing good. In this article, I want to highlight some names outside of the big fish of free agency who could really move the needle for several teams.
  • Zach Gothard
    Published 3 years ago
    How Deserving Is OBJ of the Highest Paid Title?

    How Deserving Is OBJ of the Highest Paid Title?

    As of today the highest paid player in the NFL is newly signed Oakland Raiders quarter back Derick Carr at 25 million per year on average. Number 2 and 3 on the list are also quarter backs — Andrew Luck, and Drew Brees come in just short at 24.6 million per year and 24.3 million. So the question has to be asked, how big of a leap would it be for OBJ to gain the top spot as a wide receiver considering it is a quarter back driven league? The answer would be massive and even then that may be an understatement.
  • Zach Gothard
    Published 3 years ago
    Knicks Fans Need to Step Off the Ledge

    Knicks Fans Need to Step Off the Ledge

    Okay, Knicks fans. Phil Jackson has let you down. Multiple seasons of little to no progress, and now floating around the idea of trading away the one thing that has given you all faith: Porzingod. I understand completely why my timeline is full of Knicks fans who are threatening to burn down the Garden if this trade goes through, but is this actually the first move I like by Phil Jackson? Look, I’m a die hard Celtics fan. The idea of the Kristaps coming to Boston sounds too good to be true. Players like him who are only 21-years-old hardly come to the market. However, this is the perfect time to deal him if I’m the Knicks. Kristaps has reportedly had zero contact with the Knicks personnel since the season ended. He’s entering year three of his four-year deal. Do you think Pacers fans are sad that they didn’t trade Paul George last year? I know I would be. This offseason has every single team looking at their future stars and wondering what will happen. GM’s have no choice but to make every single player available. Are the Knicks (a team who won 31 games last year) close to competing with the Warriors or Cavs? HELL NO. The fact of the matter is, they aren’t even close to getting out of the first round. Kristaps is their one chance to enhance this team. It’s proven that one player — regardless of how good they are — cannot carry a team. Look at New Orleans, Chicago, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City. You can try and do it, and you will fail.
  • Zach Gothard
    Published 3 years ago
    College Football Spotlight: Part I

    College Football Spotlight: Part I

    If you are a college football enthusiast like myself, chances are you know kickoff for this season is a mere 73 days away. Tailgate Saturdays and prime matchups are so close you can almost taste it. However, this season will be without the big named prospects such as Leonard Fournette and Deshaun Watson, names that millions of fans have grown to love. So, who is going to dominate the spotlight this year? In this article we will take a look at quarterbacks and a few running backs to keep an eye on this fall.
  • Zach Gothard
    Published 3 years ago
    Who Is This Year’s Dark Horse of College Football?

    Who Is This Year’s Dark Horse of College Football?

    There is nothing — and I mean nothing — like college football. If you have ever been on a college campus around the time of a big rivalry game (or any big game in general), you know exactly what I’m talking about. Hopes of the playoffs can be dashed in one game. I need some Jim Harbaugh khakis in my life now. Which had me thinking: who are some teams that can make 2017 their magical season? To make the playoffs you need a lot of luck, but that's not the only thing. You need a decent schedule (not too hard because two losses basically takes you out of it), you need to stay healthy, and you need to pass the eye exam (how much fun is this team to watch). This year should be fun. Teams like Auburn and Georgia should raise the SEC back to the level we are all used to; Florida State could be a legit opponent to Clemson in the ACC; Penn State is going to battle with Michigan and Ohio State for the Big 10 title. But who are the actual dark horses for the 2017 college football season?
  • Zach Gothard
    Published 3 years ago
    Did LA Get Their Super Star?

    Did LA Get Their Super Star?

    Two foot surgeries, countless hamstring and ankle injuries and finally the Bills have had enough. While there have been countless reports of Sammy Watkins proclaiming he is now fully at 100% the Bills were never on board. Recently the Bills decided to decline Watkin’s team option for this next season and contract talks were stagnant. Finally the Bills shocked the world by trading the 2015 4th overall pick for CB E.J Gaines and a 2018 2nd round pick. The question is, what does this mean for the Rams?