The Slam Dunk Contest Could Be Better…

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This year’s NBA Slam Dunk contest has fielded a very interesting group of dunkers. We will see the return of Victor Oladipo to the contest, who was the runner-up to Zach LaVine back in 2015.

In addition to Oladipo, the world will also see the debut of three new dunkers; Larry Nance Jr. of the Cavs, Dennis Smith Jr. of the Mavericks, and Donovan Mitchell of the Jazz.

But honestly, there is a better Slam Dunk contest out there. (Personally, I would want Aaron Gordon in my Slam Dunk contest, but he had to withdraw from the original group due to injury.)

1. Donovan Mitchell and Dennis Smith Jr. are the two PERFECT members from these four that I would want in my Slam Dunk Contest. Mitchell, the rookie guard from the Utah Jazz has been putting on a show this season; averaging 19.5 points per game and putting up monstrous dunk highlight after highlight. There’s nothing that I want more than to see the ‘rook’ make his debut this year during All-Star Weekend.

Now granted, I would love to add Aaron Gordon to this contest as well. Having the opportunity to see LaVine vs. Gordon again AND Vince Carter make his return in the same contest would be a dream come true. But since Gordon is injured, Dennis Smith Jr. is the perfect replacement for him. Smith has got the Mavs rocking, and I feel like he has some tricks up his sleeve come Saturday.

2.Β One of the greatest, if not THE greatest dunker of all timeΒ Vince Carter is 41 this season. He is the oldest active player in the NBA right now, and he NEEDS to make one more appearance in a Slam Dunk Contest before he retires. I mean just look up some highlights of him dunking this season; he’s still got life in those legs.

Granted, we will probably not see the “cookie jar” again, but he would still be able to put on a show. And just the name itself, Vince Carter, in the Slam Dunk contest would be a viewership draw.

3. If you’re going to bring the “old school” of Vince Carter back one more time, then you have to bring the “new school” of Zach LaVine back as well. Seeing LaVine and Carter going back and forth for one contest would be just a dream in itself. It would be like the “passing of the torch” in some respects.

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I understand that all of this is a major “what if” scenario, but it is truly possible. I mean, anything is possible in sports, right?

 

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My Wizards vs. Bulls Postgame Report

 

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This past Saturday, C.S. and I had the privilege of seeing the Washington Wizards face off against the Chicago Bulls at the United Center. Through a mutual acquaintance, we got two free tickets in a PRIME location; just a little past the basket in the 200 section, and the perfect distance to the BEER!

But that game…….good LORD it was something else.

It started off with a bang! Robin Lopez had a nice block on Marcin Gortat to open it up. Then, on the other end of the floor, Lopez gave the Bulls the lead with a jumper from 19 feet out to make it 2-0.

………..then they didn’t have a lead THE REST OF THE GAME.

There’s also Tomas Satoransky, and how the Bulls made him look like a perennial All-Star throughout the game. In thirty-seven minutes of play, Satoransky put up 25 points on 5-6 shooting from behind the arc.

Let me put this in perspective for everyone; this is the BACKUP to John Wall. As of writing this on 2/12, Satoransky is averaging six points in 18 minutes per game on the year. He should NOT be putting up numbers like this.

But, yet again, the Bulls showed AGAIN how much of a dumpster fire they are.

Let’s get something straight here though, this is the first Bulls game that I have attended since Derrick Rose was on the team. So I haven’t gotten the chance to see how this team plays live.

Now I have…….and NOW I am actually missing Derrick and the old crew. (I know, SHOCKER right?)

But in the end, it was a fun experience. I want to thank C.S. for joining me on this journey to the United Center. Without you, I would have been sitting there like a sad sack of crap watching a shitty team get their ass kicked.

 

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Dan Gilbert Is Preparing For The Inevitable!

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Now that the NBA Trade Deadline news has died down, let’s take a look at some of the biggest news to come out of February 8th.

The most noticeable one is the revamped Cleveland Cavaliers roster, that basically got dismantled and rebuilt within a 90 minute span.

On February 8th, the Cavs got;

  • Rodney Hood
  • Jordan Clarkson
  • George Hill
  • Larry Nance

And they gave up;

  • Isaiah Thomas
  • Derrick Rose
  • Jae Crowder
  • Dwyane Wade
  • Iman Shumpert
  • Channing Frye

But during the trade deadline, all I could see on my Twitter newsfeed was fans making jokes about Lebron leaving at seasons end cause of these trades.

Guess what folks, he’s GONE! Era 2.0 of Lebron in “The Land” is about to end once this season is over, and he’s going to head out west to join the Lakers. I do NOT see him staying past this season and in my opinion, neither does Dan Gilbert and co.

Dan Gilbert, owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers, is just preparing for the inevitable departure of Lebron James. He’s selling what he has for some younger talent, and he’s just going to let Lebron run out his contract until it’s over. Then, once he’s gone, the rebuild will commence.

For one, look at the players that they got. Clarkson and Nance, for instance, were two pivotal pieces in the Lakers youth movement. Clarkson is a talented guard that can play PG and SG, while Nance gives you a presence in the paint that still has some room to grow.

Then you have Rodney Hood. Personally, I am a big fan of Rodney Hood. Since the year he was drafted, I was hoping my Chicago Bulls would find a way to get him on the squad.

But they didn’t…….since they are the DAMN BULLS.

But I digress.

Rodney Hood is a great young scorer, who has been pretty consistent from 3 this season; (.389). With him and Clarkson on the floor developing at the same time, the Cavs quite possibly could have one of the best backcourts in the league very soon.

Then you have George Hill, who quite honestly is one of the most consistent vets in the league in my opinion. He might not outscore the rest of his team, but he’s always there and he can help guys like Hood and Clarkson develop while he’s in Cleveland.

But in the end, Dan Gilbert is preparing for the inevitable. He’s been through this before when Lebron left for Miami, and he wants to be as ready as possible for when that time comes.

 

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Letter To The Fans: Time For Me To Eat Crow…

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Dear Fans,

The “Big Game” has come and gone. The confetti has fallen, the trophy has been passed to the victor, and the Eagles fanbase is recovering from a night of rioting.

And…..I’m cooking up a gigantic plate of crow today. Why? Because I decided to boast and bloviate about how the Patriots were going to beat the Eagles for weeks now. But then, they lost.

But, I’ll be a man and admit when I’m wrong. Since the game was set a few weeks back, I told anyone that asked me that Tom Brady and the Pats were going to win it all.

But I was wrong.

I said that Nick Foles would come down to earth from the Vikings game…..

I was wrong.

I said that Tom Brady would “systematically” take apart the Eagles defense and have one hell of a game…….

I was “somewhat” wrong; (you can’t really knock 505 yards and 3 scores.)

But this wasn’t the game I was expecting. I thought greatness and the legacy of New England would reign supreme; but I was wrong.

So I am here to man up and say; Congrats To The Philadelphia Eagles! You have been waiting for this for years, and it is finally here. Enjoy it, and see you next year.

Sincerely, The Founder

 

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Lebron “Listening” To Warriors?

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I want to preface this by saying I’m not a big fan of NBA rumors. BUT, this one hit the news today and I felt like I had to talk about it.

As first reported by ESPN NBA Reporter Chris Haynes, Lebron James would be interested in listening to offers by the Golden State Warriors if the team can work out some kind of deal.

Now let’s play the “What If” game, shall we? “What if” Lebron actually goes to the Golden State Warriors this offseason?

First off, this would mean Kevin Durant is COMPLETELY out of the hot seat when it comes to switching teams. It’s one thing to switch to a team that you lost to in the Western Conference Finals. BUT, it’s another thing when you leave to join the powerhouse squad that beat you in the FINALS, TWICE.

And let’s not forget, this is the same team that beat the ’95-’96 Chicago Bulls 72 win record a few years back, then ADDED KEVIN DURANT. They were already great without you! No player in history would deserve to be called the “GOAT” if they were to move to that team.

But in all honesty, it’s just a rumor. These things come to us suddenly, and then fizzle out over the span of a week. It is something to keep an eye on in the coming months, but I think Lebron is too smart to do something like this. He knows the scrutiny would never stop.

BREAKING NEWS: RONDA ROUSEY IS IN THE WWE!

Ronda Rousey will be calling the “squared circle” her home now for the foreseeable future.

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As first reported by Ramona Shelburne, Rousey has signed a deal with the WWE to become a full-time wrestler. She will be joining Shayna Baszler as the most recent former UFC fighters to make the switch over to professional wrestling.

For those who may not have seen all the hype surrounding Rousey the past few months, the company has been teasing their audience with run-ins between her, Smackdown Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair, and various other members of the WWE and UFC Four Horsewomen.

But the question is, is this a good move for the company?

YOU ARE DAMN RIGHT IT IS!

How could you say no to someone who draws as much money as Ronda Rousey? I don’t give a shit what your thoughts are about her as a MMA fighter, she can still rake in the “big bucks” for any show shes on.

The only little problem I have is, she is rather “green.” I mean yea, she was working at the WWE Performance Center for a few months before the news broke. And she also has her judo and MMA background to go off of as well. But she never really had her time to grow and develop through the ranks of the company’s developmental brand, NXT.

With that in mind, the company will want her on the main roster ASAP! The WWE is going to want to capitalize on her drawing power as quickly as possible, especially with Wrestlemania being right around the corner. They are going to want her competing in New Orleans on the 8th of April in order to boost PPV buys and network subscriptions. However, we are not sure who she will be feuding with in the build-up to the event.

I guess we will have to wait and see…….

 

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Why Did We Need An NBA All-Star Draft?

The basketball world is buzzing over the release of the NBA All-Star Draft lineups. Lebron and Steph Curry, back and forth, picking their own lineups from a pool of capable All-Stars.

But the question I have is, why? What is the point of a draft for the All-Star game? Granted, it does cause intrigue in what may happen now that the two conferences have mixed. But the game doesn’t change at all!

The All-Star game will still be the same old story. A bunch of superstars basically on vacation who are playing a pickup game in a predetermined city. There will still be the flashy over-the-top dunk and alley oops. The long-range shooters will still take those unnecessarily long 3’s to show you just how good they are.

And, the key factor in any All-Star game that the NBA puts out…….there will be NO DEFENSE. The defense is sooooo bad, the players need to give us all these flashy plays to mask the fact this game is a complete waste of time.

But hang on, let me give credit where credit is due. Let me take the league’s side for a second. Because I can see that they are at least trying to spice things up.

In that case, wouldn’t you WANT TO TELEVISE THE DAMN DRAFT?!?! Don’t you think the key change that you are marketing to your product should be broadcast for the world to see? That way, you still gain the viewers, and the added revenue, etc… But then, you also give the viewer the full all-around experience. You allow them to see the process from start to finish.

But in the end, it’s all a bunch of smoke and mirrors. The league is trying to make the game seem like a bigger deal. But I’m not buying it!

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Twitter Has Become A Necessary Evil In Sports Media Today

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Our attention spans have continued to dwindle throughout the last few generations. Before, our society would sit and read eloquently crafted articles that had the power to transport you to the game itself.

But then, as society changed, the journalists changed with it. Instead of extensive paragraphs that would try to paint a picture of the sporting event, you have leagues and teams tweeting 280 character summaries of the game. You have leagues and teams posting one to two minute highlight videos of “big moments” that happened.

Now I get it, they are just catering to their audience, so it’s not their fault. Readers don’t have the patience to read an extensive article to find out an opinion/news on a sport. They want to just open one app and have it summarized for them on the spot.

And if they have prior engagements and can’t watch a game at that moment, they want a source to give them video proof of what’s happening. It’s easier for them instead of reading about it.

Not only that, but Twitter has given sports “insiders” more power than ever. Before, if there was a trade rumor, we had to wait for an article to be published OR for it to appear on the news. But now, if a sports “insider” catches a rumor, they can tweet it out whenever they want. Even if it’s incorrect.

And sometimes with these insiders, they don’t even check their sources. All they want to do is tweet what they have so that they are “first.”

Now granted, I too use Twitter to help promote Weekly Sports World. That is how we promote articles that are posted on our website.

As a growing media company, Weekly Sports World needs as much advertising and marketing that it can get, especially free advertising. Twitter provides both! It gives companies like ours a platform to reach millions of people at a time with a single tweet, without costing a dime.

Granted, I do miss the days when a journalist could really express themselves in their writing. I miss the days when a journalist can fight for the truth, and produce an article to show the world their work. But it’s still a business, and journalists have to adapt to what the readers want.

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The Founder’s Day EPISODE 1

It’s finally here! The highly anticipated, and the most asked for post since the dawn of this website.

(Not really, but might as well talk it up.)

This is the first installment of the Founder’s Day Podcast series. I’ll be covering topics like the history and direction of the show, the NFL Playoffs, Trae Young, and my picks for the week.

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Championship Sunday Has Passed, And The Super Bowl Is Set!

It’ll be a Super Bowl 39 repeat, where the New England Patriots will face the Philadelphia Eagles at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minnesota. This will be the Pats 10th Super Bowl in franchise history, and the Eagles 3rd.

But let’s see how we got here, shall we? Let’s see what happened yesterday to bring us to this point.

The first game of the day, the Jacksonville Jaguars vs. the New England Patriots, was a bit of a doozy. After visiting some family for a special occasion, I got home and it was 14-10 Jags at halftime.

It was astounding to me; a Tom Brady/Bill Belichick team is DOWN to the Jaguars? IN THE PLAYOFFS? It was like something out of the twilight zone. And to top it all off, Blake Bortles was actually playing good; 293 yards and a score on the night.

The scoring didn’t end there. Jacksonville hit two field goals to take a 20-10 lead with fourteen minutes left in the fourth.

BUT this was the fourth quarter, and you don’t count out Tom Brady in the fourth quarter.

Tom Brady threw for 138 yards and two scores IN THE FOURTH ALONE to knock out one of the best defenses in the league. It was one of the greatest comebacks that I have seen in my lifetime, which leads me to a few tweets from last night;

 

In the second game of the evening, we had the battle of the backups. Of all the quarterbacks in the NFC, who would have thought we would be seeing Nick Foles and Case Keenum facing off against each other in the NFC Championship Game?

I say the battle of the backups, but Nick Foles played like a champion! He finished with 352 passing yards, three scores, and a rating of 141.4.

On the other side of the ball for Philadelphia, the defense was able to pick Case Keenum off twice while returning one for a touchdown.

And basically, that was it. Vikings offense couldn’t get anything going, and their defense just didn’t show up.

Let’s get something straight here though, I didn’t expect much from this game. In fact, I don’t think very many people expected much either. But, the Eagles put on a show for their hometown crowd. They made many people look like fools for doubting them, and they are heading to the big game.

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This Super Bowl is going to be very competitive and intense. On one side of the ball, you are going to see a hungry Eagles squad looking to capture their first championship in franchise history.

Pulling them along, Philly has a tough defense and a surging Nick Foles that is looking to prove all of the doubters wrong.

On the other side, you have the Patriots. They are the beast of the league; the “Goliath” of the NFL if you will. They are lead by, in my opinion, the greatest quarterback of all time in Tom Brady. In addition, they have the master on the sidelines Bill Belichick pulling all the strings.

In the end though, I do want to see the Eagles win it all. It would be exciting to see a team take home their first title ever. But, I have to roll with Brady and the boys as my pick to win. Because it’s “rings vs. wings,” and I’m going with the rings.

 

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