Gimmicks Wear Off…..

The Big 3 Basketball League, lead by founder Ice Cube, with Allen Iverson as one of it’s headliners……is a gimmick. Just like the XFL, it’s starting out as a stunt to try and drum up buzz and hype, only to fall by the wayside once the initial pop dies off.

For those who have not heard of the Big 3 yet, it is a a separate basketball league created by founders Ice Cube and Jeff Kwatinetz, and headlined by the likes of Allen Iverson, and coach Julius Irving. It’s based around 3 v 3, half court basketball rules with a few twists.

Twists like 4-point circles, and nicknames on the backs of jerseys encompass this “new wave” of basketball. Not only that, but there’s also no more 2-shots for a foul. You get fouled shooting a two, you take ONE shot from the free-throw line to make up for it. You get fouled from the three, you get ONE shot from three, and so on.

But honestly, it’s just a gimmick here folks. It’s a league full of NBA “has beens” and “never was” players trying to play into the summer sports lull. (I have to give them credit though, choosing the summer before NFL and NBA start to hold their season really does help their viewership quite a bit.)

Plus, they also show their games A DAY LATE on FS1. In a world of social media, that doesn’t help your ratings. Anybody with a twitter account could easily search for the score, or some kind of highlight, and go on their merry way.

In addition to that, you really don’t have any “stars” to build the league around. To me, the only real draws you have here are Ice Cube, Allen Iverson, and maybe Mike Bibby. But that’s it!

Sure, there’s various Hall-of-Famers coaching teams, I get that. But that’s just catering to old-school basketball fans. It’s not connecting to your younger fanbase, which in my opinion is the major demographic for this league.

To help make this a success, you need to market the Big 3 TO DEATH! The various introduction press releases to the league will not be enough to keep this “pop” going. There has to be a constant buzz of media attention surrounding it. Have somebody be outspoken, somebody create controversy, do SOMETHING! Don’t just be a slimmed down, marginally talented version of the NBA.

Enzo Amore: A Future Manager?

Enzo Amore, the “Smack Talker Skywalker” as he likes to call himself, is currently in a rivalry with his previous best friend Big Cass. But the question is, what are they going to do with Enzo after this?

From what many are speculating, the WWE is going to try and push Big Cass as the next “big man” singles competitor. And what some are speculating from Enzo range from making the transition to the Cruiserweight division, to just being let go from the company all together.

His future is really kind of in limbo, and some don’t know what to make of it.

The thing is though, in all of the reports that I have read, I have not seen anything mention him becoming a manager.

The scene for managers now is just not the same as before. Back in the day, you had guys spanning from Jimmy Hart and Captain Lou Albano, to the unforgettable Paul Bearer.

But now, you have Paul Heyman, who is one of the great managers in history. I will also give some respect to Titus O’Neal with the whole “Titus Brand” gimmick he has going on right now. But who else? James Ellsworth with Carmella? Maryse with The Miz?

That’s why WWE needs a new, fresh face as a manager. It’s just something we haven’t seen in a while.

With his mic skills, Enzo Amore can really draw in the attention of the audience, and get them excited for just about anything. And not only that, his promos also have the ability to get the new guys over coming out of NXT.

For example, lets say you have a large indestructible tag team coming up from NXT. They are great in the ring, but are very lacking on the mic. WWE would be able to team them up with Enzo so that he can get them over with the fans, with minimal promos from the team themselves.

But if they don’t like that, the WWE really needs to figure SOMETHING out in order to keep Enzo. He is a GOLDMINE of epic proportions for the company, whether it’s TV appearances, or merchandise. Letting him go would end up being a major disappointment for all parties.

Now that you know what I think, I want to know what you think. VOTE below on the Weekly Sports World Twitter Poll with your opinion on if Enzo Amore would make a great manager.

New NBA Uniforms: A Money Grab?

If someone tries to convince me that what is being done with the NBA’s uniforms is an “innovation,” I’m literally going to puke. It’s not an innovation; it’s a pointless money grab, just like the logos on the jerseys.

Now, for those of you who may not know, let me fill you in on what I am talking about.

For the new season, the NBA will be unveiling FOUR PRIMARY uniforms for every team. The new names of these uniforms will be called the “Association” edition, the “Icon” edition, and a third and fourth edition inspired by the Athlete’s Mindset and the Community of the team respectively.

That’s not the problem I have, because team’s have had multiple alternatives and colors for years now. My problem is that they can choose whichever of the four they want to wear WHENEVER they want. No more “home” or “away” jersey restrictions, or anything like that. Just make sure you are wearing contrasting colors of uniforms.

But wait, there’s more……

There are going to be a select eight teams in the league that will have a “Classic” uniform that they can choose as well. These teams will probably include the Lakers, Celtics, Bulls, and any other franchises that have a long history of greatness, or that have had jersey styles that were the highest sold.

So that is four to five uniforms that teams will be cycling through within a span of a season. Not to mention, we are still probably going to get the Christmas Day uni’s, Halloween, Valentines Day and whatever other holidays they can squeeze more money out of.

Now I get it, this is really a small change in an otherwise BIG machine, and I really shouldn’t be annoyed at this. But this does nothing for the game of basketball, and it does nothing for the fan experience. All it does is just instill false hype in the fans, telling them that they have to have the whole line of jerseys so that they can be just like their favorite star.

Just play the damn game. We should be worried about how the teams are going to perform, the rivalries, and the standings. Not who’s going to wear what on the court that night.

But the sad truth is, there are people out there that will buy into this hype. You are going to have people lining up at various sporting goods stores, and bogging down the league’s shop page to make sure they have each one of those jerseys.

And you better believe, I’m not going to be one of them.

Now that you know how I feel about the situation, I want to hear from you. Vote now on the Twitter poll and let me know.

The Plan For Weekly Sports World

For a few years, this has been mainly just a blog. You’ve heard my opinions, you’ve seen my rants, and you’ve bet against my picks. But for Weekly Sports World, I want something more. More than just articles….

Sure, I know I don’t have the followers to really say alot. But you better damn well believe that I will be working my hardest to change that.

To start with the plan, I will continue to build and contribut to Weekly Sports World’s sports page. Sports are my passion, and I want to share my passion with the world. The thing is, I like to hear other opinions as well.

My plan to make this happen is to develop a community page so that fans of Weekly Sports World can contribute their own articles. Fans would be able to write their own articles, and publish them for everyone else to discuss.

Then, the plan is to COMPLETELY take over social media. Spread the name of Weekly Sports World across all platforms, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat. This will not only continue to expand the discussion for the fans, but it will also give the company the opportunity to reach a vast range of people throughout the world.

Sticking with the topic of social media, the problem that has arisen is what would be published on the Weekly Sports World Instagram?

For this, the goal is to make the Weekly Sports World Instagram centered around sneakers. Fans would be able to see various pairs of shoes that they might already have, or are looking to buy from various brands. Fans would also be able to submit their own sneaker photos to show off their own collections.

I’ve also talked about this before, I know, but I want to develop multiple pieces of video and audio content for the company. These would include, but are not limited to podcasts, video podcasts, daily sports vlogs, comedy skits, etc..

You also might be telling yourself; “Kellen, this seems like alot of “business talk” that should be saved for behind the scenes. Why are you publishing it?”

It’s because if I’m going to preach a “for the fans” model, I’m going to let you all in on the plan. Yes, if and when some of these items occur, there might be rather sensitive information associated that can not be shared until after it is completed. But, believe me, whenever there is a new idea or development for Weekly Sports World, the fans will be in the loop.

This is a very extensive plan, and it’s going to take ALOT of hard work and time to make it a reality. And I am willing and able to put in that work to make it happen.

I want to build an empire! I want to change the game! So come along on the ride with me, cause it’s going to be a fun one!

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Build For Now Vs. Build For The Future: The Paul George Trade Rumor Saga

Paul George wants to be a Laker, we all know that. It has become common knowledge around basketball, and it has made trading for the six year vet much more difficult.

PG-13’s aspirations for the bright lights of Hollywood have really put the Pacers between a rock and a hard place. They’re not going to get a substantial return for him, since there is only one year left on George’s contract. And even if they keep George, they are not keeping him longer than one season.

And yet, there are still teams out there that want to trade for him to stay for one season.

For those who have followed my various rants about the Chicago Bulls, you know that I am a true believer in building a core instead of buying/trading for stars. So once I heard teams like the Celtics, Clippers, and Spurs are in the market for George, I was rather skeptical about the situation.

Take Boston for example; this team is prepared for the future. They have a bevy of future draft picks at their disposal, a team that has already proven that they are #1 seed caliber, AND they have an offseason of high-quality free agents to look forward too. They don’t need to risk giving up what they’ve built for the POSSIBILITY of beating the Warriors next season.

Danny Ainge, do yourself a favor, and find another route to take.

Then you have teams like the Clippers and Spurs, who will be losing players in the next few years due to age and free agency. They are in no position to give up assets for a guy who is more that likely only going to stay for one year.

And the Lakers being in these rumors just doesn’t make ANY sense to me. Why in the world would you even toy with the idea of trading for a guy who wants to come to your team? You’ve already built your team full of young talent with PLENTY of potential. Just wait, and you will be fine.

Finally, the Pacers are up a creek without a paddle here. All they can really do is swim and hope for the best.

I would say, Indy, keep shopping him. You need to get anything you can so that you don’t lose him next summer for nothing. However, the best deals may be before the mid-season trade deadline. I would be surprised if there is not one bubble playoff team who will be DESPERATE for a star to help them make a deep run in the playoffs.

But I want to hear from you. Where do you think Paul George will be by the time we tip-off the 2017-2018 season? Vote on the Twitter poll right here;

McGregor vs. Mayweather: The Fight Of The Century……Or Not?

It’s official! It will be Conor McGregor vs. Floyd Mayweather on August 26th live from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. This fight will, without a doubt, be pegged as a “super-fight,” from what ever commercials and video packages you may see throughout the next few months.

But the problem is, Conor McGregor is not a boxer, he’s an MMA fighter. He’s coming from a much different world to face the greatest “defensive” fighter in the history of boxing. Which, in layman’s terms, means that this has the potential to be a MAJOR disappointment after all of the upcoming hype.

Not as big of a disappointment as Mayweather vs. Pacquiao, but pretty damn close.

Now don’t get me wrong, I want to see McGregor knock out Mayweather as much as the next guy; and he has the POTENTIAL to do that. He is quick and a powerful striker, who could easily drop Mayweather if he gets a clean shot at him. However, he has to actually HIT Mayweather in order for that to happen.

Mayweather, for those who may not know, is an extremely quick fighter who has made a living on playing defense, tiring his opponent down, and finding openings to land his shots. With his style against a “green” boxer like McGregor, Mayweather is just going to make McGregor look foolish through his ability to pace the fight, and work his game.

And I’m not the only one who thinks this. Max Kellerman, co-host of ESPN’s First Take and a long time boxing personality, said on a recent episode of First Take that McGregor “will not land a single punch” on Mayweather.

But fans on the Weekly Sports World Twitter page think differently. When asked who will win between Mayweather and McGregor, the answer was rather one-sided;

However, I highly disagree with whoever took this survey. I have to take Mayweather by decision. McGregor is going to be the serious underdog in this fight, but Mayweather is the obvious choice here. He’s quicker, more intelligent as a boxer, and has the history to back it up. I see his game being plenty of defense to keep away from McGregor’s deadly strikes, but in the end doing more than enough to win the match.

A s an overall fight however, the ONLY way you will catch me watching this fight is if I split it with multiple other people, or if a local restaurant is showing it. This fight will not be worth the insane $50, $60, or whatever astronomical price tag the fight promoters will be placing on it. There are just too many factors that say Mayweather will win, that I can’t see myself paying more than $10 to see a one sided fight.

But I want to hear from all of you. Who do you have winning, and why? Let me know in the comments section, and don’t forget to tweet your thoughts to @KShermanSports, as well as @weekofsports.

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I Am Sick And Tired Of Click-Bait Reporting!

We have made a monumental transition from the great reporting of Walter Cronkite to now. Journalism use to be an art-form, a way to get the truth out there to the masses. But nowadays, it has just turned into a “click-measuring” contest, trying to see who can amass the most clicks.

I bring this up because all to often I see articles from legit publications with these bland headlines to draw the reader in. Once they do, they mention the story is not all that it seems.

For example; I recently saw a headline talking about a professional athlete’s little brother getting in trouble with the law. The author didn’t state the star’s name outright in the headline, which ended up doing it’s job by forcing me to click on the article to learn more. Once reading, the article only mentions the star ONCE, and then moves on with the story.

This story made me sick, sick to my stomach. Not only because they are using a celebrities name and stardom to sell their story, but because the only reason this story made it to a major publication was because the offender was related to a star athlete.

Now yes, I understand that these offenses that individuals may commit are indeed bad. They should be given some form of attention. But it shouldn’t be picked up by neighboring states news publications just because the offender is related to a famous athlete.

If it’s a local kid, keep it to the local papers. Don’t trounce on the entire family’s name just because of one person’s mistake.

So all in all, let’s get back to the content. Let’s focus on the written word and reporting ACTUAL news. Let us stay away from this garbage.

The 49ers ROBBED The Bears On Draft Night!

Four picks. That’s what it took for the Chicago Bears to move up one spot in the 2017 NFL Draft to get Mitchell Trubisky, the UNPROVEN quarterback out of North Carolina.

FOUR PICKS……

I swear, I feel like I was watching Draft Day with Kevin Costner, except Ryan Pace was not as smart as Costner; (go watch the movie to understand that reference).

For those of you who may not know, and who are wondering why I put “unproven” in all caps; Mitch Trubisky only stated 13 games in his College Career, where he finished with an 8-5 record. Granted, he did have a good season, putting up 30 TD’s and 6 picks on 3748 yards passing yards, but one season doesn’t warrant trading four picks to move up to get him.

Hell, one good season shouldn’t warrant being selected Top 5 in the draft, but that’s another story for another time.

If anything, the Bears SHOULD HAVE gone with Deshaun Watson with that pick if they were so hell bent on drafting a quarterback. Picking Turbisky above Watson is just an insult to the legacy that Watson left on College Football.

Look at his resume if you don’t believe me.

In Watson’s sophomore and junior seasons, he completed at least 67% of his passes while eclipsing 4000 passing yards and 35 touchdowns as well. Not to mention he is a two time Heisman finalist, and has been to the National Title game TWICE against Alabama; winning it once.

He didn’t ride the pine for two years and then ALL OF A SUDDEN have a break out year.

Now tell me, how do you pass up on a PROVEN talent such as Watson, for a project like Turbisky?

I’ll tell you how! It’s because Ryan Pace has NO BUSINESS handling the day-to-day operations of a football team. When you give away the farm for a unproven kid that made his way to the draft on hype, you are showing the world that you have no business leading the front office of an organization.

And to add to the idiocy, if the Bears really wanted Turbisky, they probably could have drafted him at #3 without even making that trade.

Not once did I believe that Turbisky was above Solomon Thomas on the 49ers draft board. NOT ONCE! With a GM that came from the defensive side of the ball coming to a team with one of the worst defenses last year, I never once thought they would not go defense.

But Ryan Pace was just too damn eager to wait and see what happens. I’m sorry Bears fans, but this is going to be a long, LONG season. And don’t expect to receive any return on investment from Turbisky any time soon.

Wow! The Bulls Actually Proved Me Wrong.

Those of you who know me know that the Chicago Bulls have been the BANE OF MY EXISTENCE throughout the previous year. Whether it was their questionable free agency acquisitions, to their AWFUL trade decisions throughout the season; the Bulls were nothing but a train-wreck. It made me SICK that a team with an illustrious past like the Bulls was reduced down to a fraction of what it once was.

But the crazy part of this story is they ACTUALLY made the playoffs. And right now, they are up 2-0 against the #1 seed Boston Celtics with the next two games to be played in Chicago.

In the beginning, I thought the Celtics had this locked up. I had absolutely ZERO belief in the Bulls making it to the next round with the 35-year old Wade with the 60-year old legs, and the three stooges that came to Chicago via a trade from OKC (Morrow, Lauvergne, and Payne).

But with the way the Celtics have been playing so far, I will gladly say that the Bulls have this series wrapped up. In Game 1, Isaiah Thomas did go off for 33 points, but the rest of the squad couldn’t boost their games to help him.

Then, in Game 2, Jimmy Butler and the Bulls were able to hold Celtics star Thomas to a manageable 20 points, and cruised to a 111-97 victory.

So far, you’ve proved me wrong Bulls, you’ve proved me wrong. But your luck is about to run out.

But the length of their playoff run. I’ll give them until the Eastern Conference Finals. Then, they’ll just get spanked by the Cavs. 

And don’t try and give me this; “They are 4-0 on the season against the Cavs” nonsense. Playoff Lebron is a different player compared to regular season Lebron. He’s focused, he’s not “sitting,” or “resting,” and he’s ready to take what’s his.

Two years ago, Lebron was able to put the team on his back and force a Game 6 against the Golden State Warriors in the Finals, while averaging 35 points a game in the process. He was even able to put up 30+ points in five of those games, with three being 40+ points.

Now, with a healthy Kyrie, the Cavs will have the Bulls number and show the world that the Bulls don’t belong in the playoffs this year. Count on it!

But who knows? They can screw it up next round against the Wizards or the Hawks.

And hell, there is still enough time for them to screw up this series too.

If I was a Bulls fan, I’d rather be in the lottery right now. Give the team SOME kind of hope for a higher draft pick. Even if it’s just fourteenth, fifteenth, or sixteenth; at least it’s SOMETHING! Not a damn mid to late 20’s pick.

Russell Westbrook Is The MVP, So Stop With The Debates!

I am TIRED of these debates on who should be the NBA MVP for the 2016-2017 season. It’s ridiculous, it’s a travesty, and by all means it’s pretty disgraceful to the likes of Russell Westbrook and what he did this season.

For those of you who may not know, “The Big O” Oscar Robertson set a triple-double record of 41 in a single season that has lasted for roughly 55 years. Then, along came Russ, who decided to show the world he doesn’t need KD, and put up 42. With that, he ended the season with the most triple-dubs EVER in a single season, while AVERAGING a triple-dub with 31.9 ppg, 10.4 apg, and 10.7 rpg

But some would say; “Is that it? Is that all?”

Granted, I agree that there should be more to an MVP resumé than just a single statistic; but to just shrug off an amazing feat such as this is highly illogical to say the least.

Not only are his statistical feats astounding, but the team that he is currently on makes his case for MVP even stronger.

For one, OKC would be GARBAGE without Russ. They would be nowhere near the playoffs, much less contending for a playoff spot. They would be on the outside, looking in, and would already be sitting at home waiting for the draft.

But the Rockets, on the other hand, would still be relatively good without Harden. With the landscape of the Western Conference, the Rockets would still easily be a 8th seed, if not a boarder line playoff contender.

The Rockets also had a much more well-rounded squad to use compared to the Thunder. In Houston, there were about five other players not named James Harden who were able to average double-digit points per game (even though Lou Williams only played 23 games this season during his tenure in Texas.)

And when you compare that to the Thunder, you will only find three other players that averaged double digit points. OKC does not have a stable core to work with, and Russ had to do everything in order to make this team succeed. He lead the team in scoring, distributed the ball in order to make his team better, and even played bigger than his height by leading his team in boards.

So don’t try to tell me that Harden had a more successful season than Westbrook. Don’t try to tell me that he is the MVP. Any way you spin it, he was not the best player this year.