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A New NBA
In February rumors were abound regarding the possibility of NBA expansion. Commissioner Adam Silver has typically been quite conservative regarding potential expansion but he’s also a rail-thin white dude who gives perfect dap so let’s not suppose he’s anything less than pleasantly surprising. Several cities were mentioned as potential landing spots. Seattle, Lousville, Kansas City, Virginia Beach, Anaheim, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Mexico City and San Jose have all generated conversation to varying levels of authenticity as NBA host cities. There are basically four categories these cities fall in:
Neither Lebron nor KD Paved the Way for Superteams, but They Perfected It
Boys and girls, the word of the day here is “superteam”. The NBA Finals and the playoffs as a whole have revolved around this word. Whether it’s being thrown around in sentences like “Kevin Durant joining a 73-win team is the most stacked superteam of all time,” or “LeBron’s just mad someone made a better superteam than him for once,” or even “why did we even try to win 50 games we can’t beat this superteam, we could’ve been golfing a month ago,” you’ve heard it time and time again. By now you know it’s the combination of a minimum of three superstars joining together like one giant Morphing Power Ranger to just blow past everyone that gets in their way.
Baylor Needs and Deserves the Death Penalty
I know what you’re thinking: “There’s no way the NCAA can do this. That’s too harsh of a punishment.” This situation is not the same as Penn State or SMU. One involved a coach performing disgustingly inhumane acts on children, and the other involved coaches paying recruits/players. In Waco, the issue starts directly with the players. If any of these players are guilty of committing crimes against women, they should be kicked out of the football program — no questions asked. However, it doesn’t work that way at Baylor.
Are the Cavs Back to Being the Team to Beat in the East?
When Kevin Durant’s departure from Oklahoma City created the first human-atom bomb in Russell Westbrook, it also set the table for the rubber match in the NBA Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Golden State Warriors. Before an entire NBA season was played we all labeled where LeBron James would be headed in June.
Behold, the Hero Cometh
You only remember the time he blew in LeBron’s ear, huh? You are so naive. There are mysteries of the universe you couldn’t possibly imagine. We are but specks on a speck against the infinite backdrop of limitless space. I went to an observatory once and heard a lecture on planets that might replace Pluto as our solar system’s ninth batter. I couldn’t process it. Light years and gravitational power pictures sent from satellites from ten years in the past (or the future…I’m not sure, I was overwhelmed so I tried to eat the skittles I brought as quietly as possible and may have missed some things).
To Sell or Not to Sell?
Baseball has reached the two month mark. Teams are 50+ games into the season, and we’re rapidly approaching the 1/3rd mark. We’ve seen Michael Conforto, Aaron Judge, and Miguel Sano emerge as some of the best hitters in baseball, we’ve seen Justin Bour and Scott Schebler duke it out for the NL HR lead, and we’ve seen the Cubs flounder like a fish out of water.
How The Chris Paul Trade Makes Complete Sense
After the rumors broke not long ago that the Rockets were pursuing Chris Paul, everyone tried to wrap their head around just how well he and James Harden would pair together. Once a majority of NBA fans agreed it would be an odd fit, Woj decided to drop this bad boy and turn everyone’s day upside down.
Making a Case for an 8-Team College Football Playoff
To begin, I must note an author disclaimer. In no way, shape, or form am I suggesting my personal beliefs about the system of the College Football Playoff. I am simply making a case for something different. With this in mind, let’s begin.
NBA Team Winners and Losers from Trade Deadline
With the trade deadline finally ending, as usual there were firework rumors that turned into firecrackers once the time ended. Major key superstars were on the trading block but none of them were moved. They are still stuck on rebuilding teams with the fans and media all left scratching their heads to why they haven’t been moved. Here’s my losers and winners for this year’s NBA trade deadline.
The Veto That Changed the NBA: How the League Would Look with Chris Paul as a Laker — Part I
The trade deadline is the most giving time of year for NBA fans. Not only do contenders receive talented pieces on their way to a playoff push, but super stars are handed a new lease on life when they leave their hell hole of a franchise behind, all thanks to the teams looking to blow things up more than Tyler Durden during Project Mayhem in Fight Club. It’s a gut wrenching feeling seeing capable players leave your franchise for the prospect of a better future, but it provides one thing: hope.
Three Teams That Lost out on DeMarcus Cousins
The Sacramento Kings finally traded away DeMarcus Cousins — which is still a shocker to hear. Year after year, this drama became a story of the “The Boy Who Cried Wolf” because the organization kept flip-flopping on their stance. Even more shocking about the trade is that the Kings didn’t get as much back as they should have. What really has me spinning, however, is why these three playoff contenders didn’t pull the trigger on Boogie:
Five Factors: The Islanders are the Scariest Team in the NHL
Over the last month, the New York Islanders have revived a season that seemed absolutely doomed. The team has a 9–2–2 record over their last 13 games, starting with a 4–0 win in Boston which would prove to be Jack Capuano’s last game behind the bench with the team.