ATTENTION FANS!!!!

ATTENTION: I am very happy to announce that Weekly Sports World now has two new writers on the staff, and will be providing content to the blog, the Facebook page, and their own Twitter pages as well. They are both huge sports fans just like me and are ready to share their ideas and opinions with the fans!

In order to differentiate who is posting what on the Facebook page, each post will be followed by that author’s own tag; KSherman, JMalec, and/or JArcher. The blog itself will have it’s own tags as articles are written, and each writer will have their own separate Twitter pages.

I would like to welcome both JMalec and JArcher to the team, hope you enjoy writing on here, and I hope the fans enjoy their thoughts and ideas!

3 Ideas For Changes To Future NBA All-Star Games

The 2016 NBA All-Star game is officially in the books, and it was another year full of gravity-defying dunks, long distance threes, and non-existent defense. Because of this, this year’s All-Star game ended with the West winning by a monstrous score of 196-173. To put this in perspective, the Air Canada Centre scoreboard only went up to 199, because the reasonable people that installed it probably thought to themselves; “Shit, when the hell is someone going to score 200?”

Even though the players try their best to make it entertaining with different alley-oop variations and jaw-dropping threes, the All-Star game has basically become just one big snooze fest. So, if the All-Star game is going to continue to be like this, then why not add a few changes to make it a little more interesting. Here are 3 ideas I had in mind that would be cool to see; (whether if they are possible or not.)

1. Four Point Line: There has been some very light talk and rumors in the NBA regarding a possible addition of a 4 point line during regular season games. Personally, I believe that this would negatively effect the game of basketball because kids are then going to be taught to go for these long shots, and neglect their post games and driving ability. But, it could be a really good gimmick to add another dimension to the All-Star game. And not only could you use that in the game, but you could possibly implement it into the Three-Point Shootout as well. Maybe make it the final round of the competition?

2. Raise The Hoops: Normally, the guys that are chosen for the NBA All-Star game have the ability to dunk with great ease, (sorry Steph and Isaiah). So, if these guys want to be flashy, why not bump the rim up a bit? Even though this could be a rather minuscule difference to certain players, it will still add another degree of difficulty and intrigue to the game. In addition to that, regarding the three-pointer,  this will also force shooters on the perimeter to adjust their shot to compensate for the change. If the shooters want to throw up 130+ combined threes during the game, then they are going to need to adjust to the raised hoops.

3. Mascots Enter The Game: This game is already somewhat of a joke anyway, so why not add the mascots into it? Every once in a while, you can have one side sub out for five NBA mascots for a couple of possessions. Imagine Benny the Bull, G. Man and other mascots try to score on the likes of Lebron, Durant, or Curry? I mean no one else plays defense, so the mascots should have a decent shot at it.

The All-Star game has been going on since 1951, and it’s really been a game of big names and no defense for a long time. It’s had it’s success, but it doesn’t really appeal to me anymore. Honestly, the only reason that I watched the game on Sunday is because it was Kobe Bryant’s last All-Star game. I honestly do not see any of these changes being made, but they could make the game a little more interesting in the future. If you have any other ideas for the future of the NBA All-Star game, please tweet at me, @weekofsports, with the #NBAAllStarIdeas.

Opinion: George Karl Will Be “Traded” Soon…..

As of February 9th, 2016, the Sacramento Kings decided against firing their Head Coach George Karl after much speculation that they would let him go before All-Star Weekend. This was an interesting move, since there has been alot of negativity throughout the Kings locker room between Karl and players like DeMarcus Cousins. But, why the sudden change of heart? I think there is more to this story, and I believe that George Karl is going to be used as a piece in a major “trade” later on in the season.

The only reasonable explanation for the Sacramento Kings to retain George Karl has got to be to put him in a trade before the deadline. If you have a star like DeMarcus Cousins who is not happy with the coach, then that is not good for the morale of the team, and one of the two must go. But, since this is a players league, you are more likely to get rid of the coach rather than your All-Star, and the face of your team who is averaging a double-double per game (26.8 pts and 11.1 boards). So, the only two roads that the team could go down when getting rid of a coach are either firing the coach completely, or “trading” him to another team. And, as we have seen, they definitely did not choose the first one.

Right now, there are a few teams who have already fired their Head Coach and are now operating with interim coaches, such as the Cavs with Tyronn Lue, and the Knicks with Kurt Rambis. These could be two possible destinations for the veteran coach Karl, since both Lue and Rambis are relatively new to Head Coaching. If not, another possible destination could be the Chicago Bulls, who have had trouble finding an identity as a unit throughout the entire year. For any one of these teams, especially the Bulls in my opinion, Karl would be able to bring in that veteran presence and hard-nosed coaching style to help give the team an identity.

But, you know, I couldn’t tell you for sure what the Kings will do with Karl. I mean, the Kings have shown that they are very unpredictable when they decided to keep Karl, so anything is possible. I find it HIGHLY unlikely that he will stay with the organization, but at this point, anything can happen.

Weekly Sports World Weekly Picks: SUPER BOWL

The Super Bowl is all set, and we are less then 3 hours away from seeing Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. So far, with the way the Panthers have dominated the opposition this season, alot of people are confidently choosing them to win Super Bowl 50. But, I’m not completely sold on that. I think the Broncos have a pretty good chance to win this game, but it will end up being a very close shootout all the way until the clock hits zero in the 4th quarter.

During the postseason, the Carolina Panthers have seen some of the toughest defenses in the league from the Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals; and they’ve beat them both. Against the Seahawks, to start; the Panthers ended up scoring 31 unanswered points in the first half before getting outscored 24-0 in the second half. Although the defense was stout in the beginning, they were almost nonexistent in the second; leading to the Seahawks almost coming back and tying the game up.

Then, there was Carolina vs. Arizona……….. There’s not really much to say about that now is there?

Anyway, the point I’m trying to get at is even though they have faced teams with dominating defenses this season, Denver is a whole new force. Von Miller and DeMarcus Ware coming around the outside will be able to put an intense pressure on Cam Newton that will help contain him to an extent from scrambling out of the pocket, as well as hurry up his throws like this defense did to Tom Brady in the AFC Championship game. In addition to that, the Denver secondary is one of the best secondaries in the league this year; posting a league leading 23 interceptions as a team this season. Minus Greg Olsen, the Carolina receivers are not going to stand a chance against the likes of Aqib Talib and Chris Harris Jr.

Having said that, the Carolina defense is no joke either, just look at the start of their playoffs as an example. But, the young Panthers defense has not faced a quarterback with the football IQ that Peyton Manning has. Personally, it is safe to say that Peyton Manning is arguably the smartest quarterback in the league right now with the ability to read a defense and audible a billion times to counteract what he sees. Out of all the intangibles that Peyton has in his arsenal, his IQ is going to be what keeps the Broncos in this game, and it is going to be his IQ that will play a pivotal role in their road to winning this Super Bowl.

In the end, this is going to be one hell of a game that, in my opinion, will go down to the wire. The spread, which is currently at 5.5, is very deceiving, and I personally do not see this game being decided by a touchdown. To sum it all up, with the strengths of these defenses, you are going to see both of these teams go to the air alot more than the ground game, (both Denver and Carolina are ranked 3rd and 4th respectively in rushing yards allowed per game). And in the end, I have the Broncos winning this game by a slim margin; 24-21.