Where’s The Run Support?

After Game Two of the NLCS, all people want to talk about was the decision to put John Lackey in the 9th inning instead of Wade Davis.

And for some reason, we want to blame Maddon and Lackey for this loss and NOT THE OFFENSE!

But since that’s not the popular opinion, we don’t want to talk about it.

Take Kris Bryant, the so-called “MVP” and the “star” of the Cubs. He is batting .179 in the playoffs this year with ZERO home runs, and THIRTEEN strikeouts.

There’s also Anthony Rizzo, the other “star” of the Cubs. He is batting a lousy .154 in the playoffs, with ONE home run and NINE strikeouts.

Or how about Wilson Contreras, who is batting a measly .182 with ONE home run and EIGHT strikeouts; one of those strikeouts being in the top of the 9th of Game Two when he swung on three pitches that were at his jaw line.

That is essentially the heart of your order folks; three guys who can’t hit the broad side of a barn, and you want to blame Maddon and Lackey? That is just ridiculous!

It shouldn’t have even come down to that in the first place. The Cubs had plenty of opportunities to take the lead in this game and have Wade Davis close the door in the ninth, but they just squandered them away.

The fact is, the Cubs are not the all-powerful beings that you want to believe. These bats are being humbled right now by a very talented Dodgers squad, and it’s not doing the Cubs pitching staff any favors. They NEED RUN SUPPORT! That way, the starters can go extra innings, and then Maddon doesn’t have to rely on his bullpen as much as he does.

What do you think though? Are Maddon and Lackey the one’s to blame for the Cub’s Game 2 loss? The offense? Or maybe it was something completely different? VOTE NOW!

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Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks: NFL Week 3

42-17…….that is what kept me from being 14-1 in Week 2. A 42-17 whooping of the Dallas Cowboys by the Denver Broncos gave me two losses on my record instead of one.

Now don’t get me wrong, 13-2 is not a bad record. In fact it might be one of the best record’s I’ve had while doing these Weekly Picks. But when one of the BEST running backs in the league only puts up 8 yards and the Cowboys defense makes Trevor Siemian look like the second coming, you’re bound to be a little salty.

But, Week 3 is upon us, and we have to look forward. A new week, new opportunities, and even more possible surprises. So, without further ado, here are Weekly Sports World’s Weekly Picks for Week 3 of the NFL season.

San Francisco beats Los Angeles Rams

Baltimore beats Jacksonville

Denver beats Buffalo

Pittsburgh beats Chicago

Detroit beats Atlanta

Cleveland beats Indianapolis

Tampa Bay beats Minnesota

New England beats Houston

Miami beats New York Jets

Philadelphia beats New York Giants

New Orleans beats Carolina

Tennessee beats Seattle

Green Bay beats Cincinnati

Kansas City beats Los Angeles Chargers

Oakland beats Washington

Arizona beats Dallas

Do you think you’re picks can beat mine? Comment below or send them to me on one of the various Weekly Sports World social media accounts.

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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.

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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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.

Why The Cubs Win The World Series In 2017!

The Chicago Cubs begin their title defense in the most heart breaking way; a 9th inning walk-off loss to their arch-rival St. Louis Cardinals. But it’s only Game 1 of 162, and there’s plenty of baseball to be played.

But can the Cubs do what their brethren of 1907-1908 did? Or what the Yankees of 1998-2000 did? Can they repeat?

I’m here to tell you that it’s a major possibility that they can, and that they have a major chance to do it. Here’s why;

1. Stars Are Another Year Older/Wiser: Even though the “Lovable Winners” lost key names like Dexter Fowler, Aroldis Chapman, and Travis Wood; they still retained a majority of their young core; (Rizzo, Bryant, and Russell just to name a few). And not only did they retain them, they are also another year older and another year wiser.

Guys like Rizzo, Bryant and Russell; they already know what it takes to win a championship. They’ve experienced the bright lights of the World Series. They’ve come from games behind, in the clutch, to secure a title. They’ve EXPERIENCED it! Bringing young guns like that back for another season not only makes you a playoff favorite, but a title contender.

2. It’s Happened Before: Theo Epstein is the honestly one of the greatest GM’s in baseball history. He was the architect of the Red Sox three most recent World Series titles in 2004, 2007, and I would go as far to say 2013 as well. (Alot of the guys on the 2013 roster came from the Theo regime.) He also rebuilt the Cubs farm system that was in ruin to one of the best in the league. So if something is needed for the Cubs to be great, you can believe that Theo and company will know what to do.

Not only that, but it has happened before. The Cubs did it in 1907-1908, the Blue Jays did it from 1992-1993, and the Yankees did it from 1998-2000.

Not only that, but this was the highest scoring offense in the National League last year. And with Kyle Schwarber taking over as the lead off hitter with his insane power and ability to get on base, the Cubs shouldn’t have a problem keeping their offense churning.

So don’t let someone tell you that it “can’t happen,” because they have one of the best chances in baseball to repeat.

But overall, this should be another amazing year for the North Siders, with hopes of recreating the magic they brought to Chicago a season ago. They have the talent, the front office and the fan base to do it. And with history on their side, there’s nothing but positive vibes for the good ol’ Cubs.

You Just Can’t Remake That!

Sports movies have the ability to make the viewer experience a vast range of emotions. They can make us laugh, shocked, brought to tears, and even feel like the characters are invincible.

There are even some movies that transcend time, and have become such classics that should NEVER be replicated.

One of these movies, is White Men Can’t Jump.

White Men Can’t Jump is a classic basketball comedy about two ballplaying hustlers, Sidney (Wesley Snipes) and Billy (Woody Harrelson), joining forces to try and take over the city.

But recently, rumors have began to swirl that a White Men Can’t Jump remake is in the works. Some of the actors rumored to reprise the roles of Sidney and Billy include Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller, as well as Anthony Mackie and Channing Tatum.

In my book, this is wrong! White Men Can’t Jump is a classic in itself, and should be left alone.

But this is not just because of the storyline, because a storyline can be remade any time. It’s because of the actors who brought us these characters.

These actors have created lasting impressions on the characters, as well as the fans who have watched them in these films. The actors in these films gave us such moving performances that made us fall in love with the characters they portray. Look at the kids from The Sandlot for example; or actors such as Charlie Sheen from Major League.

Personally, I would rather not see some random kid in 2017 quote “Ham” Porter’s famous line from Sandlot; “You’re killing me smalls!” I want to watch the ORIGINAL “Ham” Porter, Patrick Renna.

And who can out-do Charlie Sheen’s Rick Vaughn character in Major League, and his walk to the mound to the song “Wild Thing?” Mile Teller? Channing Tatum?? NOT A CHANCE!

I understand, Hollywood is running out of ideas, and what they’ve resulted to is rehashing previously made ideas. Unless you can get the SAME actors back in the movie and it MAKES SENSE for them to be there, you need to leave it alone.

What are some sports movies that you believe are off limits to remakes? Tweet me @KShermanSports with #NoSportsMovieRemakes.

Weekly Sports World Podcast EPISODE 1:

I’ve been running this site for a little over two years now; mostly writing various articles about whatever topics I want to talk about.

But then it occurred to me, what if I step this up a notch?

So I’ve done just that, and created the Weekly Sports World Podcast.

This podcast basically consists of me just bantering about whatever sports topics I want to talk about for that week.

I have to say though, recording this was EXTREMELY new for me. I’m not use to all of this video and audio editing, and I’m not use to recording my voice like that for a long stretch of time.

But, I’m still practicing, and these will SURELY get better with time.

So, with that being said, I hope you enjoy the very first episode.

The Pro Bowl Skills Showdown Is Here To Stay: My Thoughts On The Event

Normally, I couldn’t care less about the NFL’s Pro Bowl festivities. It’s high scoring, no one really gives a crap, and they have to put in little gimmicks to try and keep the audience involved.

These gimmicks can run from fantasy drafts by the likes of Jerry Rice and Michael Irvin, to playing Odell Beckham Jr. at safety, to letting Jeff Saturday switch teams to have one more snap with Peyton Manning, and everything in between.

And I feel like the NFL sees this. They needed to make a change to help draw people in, and the return of the Pro Bowl Skills competition helped with that.

The Skills Competitions consisted of five separate competitions:

  1. Best Hands
  2. Power Relay Challenge
  3. Drone Drop
  4. Precision Passing
  5. Dodgeball

Granted, there were some bumpy patches throughout; but anything new will do that.

For instance, the Power Relay was riddled with controversy, when the sled fell off the track during the NFC’s run, making it impossible to move. This resulted in a mulligan, that the NFC took advantage, and ended up winning the event.

Now I know, really strong football players bashing into objects like that could cause them to break. But the fact no one checked that before the start of the NFC’s run is plain irresponsible, and needs to be addressed.

The Drone Drop was also a bit of a swing and a miss. Instead of using a drone, they should have implemented punters into the mix as well.

One idea could be setting up rings on the field worth different amounts of points. Then, place a punt returner on the other side of the rings. Every time a punt goes through a ring, that conference receives points. Then, when the returner catches it, that conference receives a half of a point.

On the final kick, the returner has to run it back to the opposite endzone as quick as possible. The returner with the quickest time gets their conference an extra two points.

But above all, the Dodgeball Game was without a doubt the most highly anticipated competition.

At first, many people believed that this would be just another crazy gimmick to try and sell tickets, and to have people tune in. But to be honest, it was actually done well, and was very entertaining. Especially when TY Hilton was the only one left for the AFC, and almost made a comeback for his squad by himself.

Overall, the Skills Showdown was exactly what Pro Bowl weekend needed. It was WAY more competitive than many of the Pro Bowls from the previous years. As long as the NFL continues to improve and implement new challenges every few years, and tinker with the mechanics of the existing challenges; they’ll have a proven concept that can last for years to come.

Take A STANCE On Your Sock Game!

#SockGameStrong is how I dress, and Stance.com is helping me do that.

For those who don’t know, Stance is a growing clothing company that is best known for creating high-quality socks with unique designs that can fit anyone’s style. They provide customers with three different types of socks to try and fit their footwear needs, which include casual, performance, and premium/dress.

When it comes to designs, Stance spans the realm of thinking with it’s prints. Customers can choose from their numerous collections that include MLB and NBA designs, Disney and Star Wars, and much, much more.

The company even reached out to different athletes and celebrities to design their own sock lines for Stance. Some of these creators include Dwyane Wade, James Harden, Chandler Parsons, and Klay Thompson.

And if you want to put your own spin on some designs, you can go to the “Custom” section on their website to experiment with different colors and designs.

Personally, I’ve really gravitated toward the casual NBA and MLB styles myself. I started with the Larry Bird NBA Legends, the Patrick Ewing Trading Cards, the Reggie Jackson’s, the Scottie Pippen Cartoon socks, and a vintage pair of the New Jersey Nets Hardwood Classics.

But I don’t just go for the sports ones though. I also picked up a couple of the more “tropical” looking socks; including the Gums Classic Crew, and another design that I’m not sure what the name is, (I just call it the “Hawaiian Dream”).

I just love the job that the folks over at Stance are doing with their product. These socks are comfortable, sleek, and best of all, unique!

It’s extremely easy to find a pair of socks for yourself, regardless of what your style is.

You got a Celtics or Bulls jersey you want to show off on game day? BOOM! Add a pair of khaki shorts and the corresponding socks to match, and you are ready for any game day that comes your way.

Do you have a night on the town planned with a special someone? Then check out Stance’s premium section and check out some of their more elegant styles.

Stance socks is the wave of the future people. Don’t be stuck with whatever your local department store has anymore. Go online, take a STANCE on your sock game, and make your #SockGameStrong!

You won’t regret it!