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.

NEVER Leave A Hockey Game Early, Trust Me!

For those of you who like to beat the traffic after sporting events, you need to stop that. You may think that you are saving time by leaving early while your team is up, but anything can happen in those few minutes.

Take my recent trip to the Chicago Wolves game, for example. It was the February 25th game against the Wild, and Chicago had a 2-1 lead going into the 3rd period. As many fans do with a lead, they decide on a time to leave before the game is over in order to beat the rush out of the stadium. And that was our plan.

At the four minute mark, our group decided to make our way from the seats, use the facilities, and beat everyone else out of the crowded parking lot; COMPLETELY unaware of what was about to happen next.

In the concourse, we hear the horns blare and the stadium erupt, signaling that our hometown Wolves have extended their lead to two goals.

Not thirty seconds later, while we make our way around the concourse to our exit, we hear yet ANOTHER siren blare, and the Wolves go up 4-1.

“GREAT,” the three of us yelled, annoyed.

“We are never leaving early again,” my friend belted out.

Now, with a 3 goal lead and roughly two minutes left, we were sure that it was all over. The fat lady was singing and it was time to drive home safely. Until, we saw it. The TV, which hung merely feet away from the entrance to the arena itself, displayed the lone fight of the night.

But this wasn’t just any fight, it was an all-out brawl! Three guys from each squad were throwing haymakers at each other, one after another.

We stood there in awe, watching this unfold. Then, my friend blurts out, “Why the hell are we watching it here when it’s live just inside?”

We raced back into the arena to catch the tail end of the spectacle, including the ejections of all parties involved. We were even able to catch a fight that was being videotaped on the runway from the ice to the dressing rooms between Dunn of the Wolves and Gabriel of the Wild.

It was probably one of the greatest endings to a hockey game that I have ever been to.

Please don’t do what we did here. Please don’t CONTINUE to do this if you regularly do. You need to think of this as a public service announcement for all sports fans.

Glue your butts to the seats, watch the game, screw the traffic.

Can You Build The Best Starting Five With The Spin Of A Wheel?

One of my favorite channels that I’ve come across on YouTube is run by an NBA 2K player, Krispy Flakes. On this channel, Krispy completes various challenges using the video game NBA 2K.

One of these challenges is the Wheel of Rebuild challenge, where he spins a wheel filled with all of the teams in the NBA ten times, and he tries to build a team that can go 82-0 in a season.

This is a great, innovative idea, and I wanted to try my hand at it.

However, I only spun the wheel five times, with the goal of creating the best starting five possible.

 

Spin 1:  For my first spin, I was ecstatic to see the Wheel land on the Oklahoma City Thunder.

This was quite honestly the EASIEST pick I would make, since I was looking for the best player possible to help lead my team. And who better to pick up with spin #1 than, the triple-double machine, Russell Westbrook at point guard.

Westbrook is without a doubt the best possible player on the OKC roster now, and with his ability to do it all on the court, he will be the perfect PG for my team.

 

Spin 2: The second spin was not as kind to me, as the Wheel landed on the very young team from California, known as the Los Angeles Lakers.

This is a difficult decision, since there are alot of great players left on the board, and I didn’t want to waste a spot.

With Westbrook being very ball-dominant, and known for attacking the basket quite often, I really wanted to look for a perimeter shooter; such as Lou Williams.

The problem with that is, Williams has basically come off the bench for his entire career, and is NOW having the best season of his career.

Having said that, there are plenty of quality shooters out there that I can still get, so I shouldn’t really put all my eggs in the Lou Williams basket.

So for my second spin, I’m going to go with Julius Randle. He’s a young big-man who is averaging 13 pts and 8 boards a game.

Since I am a big believer in the 3-point shot, we will need a big man to be a monster in the paint to corral any shots not converted.

 

Spin 3: With my third spin, the Wheel tasked me with choosing from the Memphis Grizzlies.

With this pick, I would have been a FOOL not to choose Marc Gasol for my center.

Gasol, an eight year vet, is averaging 20.6 pts and 6 boards per game. He is the best player in Memphis right now, and a dominant scorer in the post.

In addition, I already had Westbrook, so I didn’t need another PG in Mike Conley. So this was basically a no brainer.

 

Spin 4: The wheel hated me at this point. For my fourth pick, I was given the Dallas Mavericks. With Shooting Guard and Small Forward left to fill, the choices were very slim.

I still needed a quality perimeter shooter to give the squad a long-range threat. The only guard that really fit that role was Wesley Matthews.

Matthews, averaging 15 pts a game this year, is a career 38.6% shooter from behind the arch. His long-range game would give Westbrook someone to dish out to if need be, and would come to be very necessary in clutch situations.

 

Spin 5: The final spin for my starting five landed on the New York Knicks.

So basically, Carmelo Anthony, welcome to the squad.

This was a less-than-ideal situations in my book, since Westbrook and Anthony both are very ball-dominant players. They expect the lion’s share of the shots on their respective teams, and that could prove to be very detrimental to the overall success of my team.

But he needs to be the SF of my team. Who else am I going to pick from the Knicks? Lance Thomas? Mindaugas Kuzminskas? NOT A CHANCE!

 

Overall: This is not the greatest team that could have been assembled, but it’s not horrible.

To start, Julius Randle and Marc Gasol provide the team with the big bodies it needs to crash the boards. The problem is, Randle is not the strongest scorer at this point of his career, and Gasol would need to adapt his game to become a more dominant rebounder.

Wesley Matthews and Carmelo Anthony will give us the long-range threat we will need, while Russ can be the all-around slasher and sniper to lead the team.

The only problem is, as stated before, Westbrook and Carmelo will both want the ball. Chemistry needs to be built with this team before any winning can happen.

In the end, I see this team being the 4th seed in the East or the 7th seed in the West.

 

THANK YOU: There are two people I have to thank for the making of this article.

The first would be YouTuber, Krispy Flakes, who inspired me with his idea for the Wheel Of Rebuild challenge. If you would like to see more of his content, please go to the link below which will bring you to his YouTube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/KrispyFlakes

Then, if you would like to try one of these yourself, you can go make your own Wheel at the website “Wheel Decide,” located here:

http://wheeldecide.com/

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!

Fan Voting Should Not Be This Prevalent In NBA All-Star Voting!

The starting fives were released recently for the NBA All-Star Game, and there were a few people who won’t be starting for either squad.

One of those men is Russell Westbrook.

The press and the players made the intelligent vote; putting Westbrook ahead of both Stephen Curry and James Harden. But, the public had other plans, as they voted Curry first, Harden second, and Russ third.

And the kicker, with the weighted score for the three categories tied, is that the fans are the tiebreaker. Because of this, Curry and Harden are the starting guards for the Western Conference.

Now that’s a splendid idea! Make the portion of the members who are not paid to know basketball be the tiebreaker instead of the ones who have ACTUALLY PLAYED AGAINST HIM. (I’m laying on some pretty thick sarcasm, if you didn’t notice).

Now to be fair though, Harden has been BALLIN’ this year; averaging 28.9 PPG, 11.6 AST, and 8.3 REB per game for the Rockets.He absolutely deserves a nod.

But Curry? The fact you are voting a player that’s averaging 24.6 PPG, 6.1 AST, and 4.2 REB per game over someone who’s AVERAGING a triple-double is completely absurd.

This is a prime example on how the All-Star game is just a glorified popularity contest, and not a reflection of the current reality of this year’s NBA.

Now don’t twist my words, because I’m not saying we need to do away with the fan vote completely. I’m just saying that we need to make the fan vote less prevalent than the other two, such as the player vote.

Why don’t we give more weight to the player vote, and less weight to the fan vote? Make this a game for the players who know who the best of the best is; who play against the best of the best night in and night out.

Don’t make this a game based on players’ past accomplishments, or their popularity.

Personally, I don’t want to see Steph Curry start a second consecutive All-Star game if he hasn’t performed to that caliber throughout the season.

I want to see players who deserve the honor of starting. Not a popularity vote based on what they’ve done before.

Take Isaiah Thomas of the Boston Celtics as another example.

Isaiah has been putting on a show on the east coast, posting 28.7 PPG, 6.0 AST, and 2.7 REB per game. But, he also lost the tiebreaker because of the fan vote.

Now, he’ll be sitting behind the likes of Kyrie Irving, who he has been out-performing SIGNIFICANTLY this year.

Do you want to know why he lost the fan vote??

It’s because, once again, of POPULARITY.

Since he is on the rise, and hasn’t been part of a championship team yet, he doesn’t get to start. Yea, that makes sense, (again, sarcasm)!

But basically, in the end, we are keeping two of the best guards out of the starting lineups for the All-Star game because the other guys were more popular than them?

I mean, I thought the All-Star game was supposed to be the BEST of the BEST playing on the same court for one night. So, shouldn’t the very best have the honor of being the starters?

Fans, you screwed up!

And NBA, you need to FIX THIS!

What To Do With Tony Romo?

Aaron “Ice In His Veins” Rodgers did it again! He came in clutch in the 4th quarter with a 36 yard pass to Jared Cook to put Green Bay in field goal range for Mason Crosby.

Then, with three seconds left in the game, Crosby hit a 51 yard field goal to send the Packers to the NFC Championship game.

But now, the Cowboys have some questions going into the offseason. And one of the biggest ones is what should they do with Tony Romo?

This question arose after a preseason injury to Romo’s back, where Dak Prescott ended up taking advantage of his playing time he received and never looked back.

But now, with Dak Prescott thriving in the NFL this early in his career, the question is what to do with Tony Romo? Keep him and let him tutor Dak a few years? Trade him and get as many assets as possible?

Oh, why am I asking??? Obviously trade the man, no matter what! In fact, if anything, Jerry Jones should have been fielding calls for him as early as Monday morning!

Romo is a 14 year veteran in the league, and has shown he cannot win the big games when they really matter. He’s only 2-6 in his postseason career with the Cowboys, and he’s on the wrong side of 30 to keep him in the conversation as the starter of the Cowboys.

Granted, Dak is 0-1 in the postseason in his career. But look at the season he had!

Prescott finished the season completing 67% of his passes for 3,667 yards, and a 23:4 touchdown to interception ratio.

He’s proven his worth on the Cowboys, and has posed the question to GM/Owner Jerry Jones; “if we trade Romo, where should he go?”

My top three landing spots; the 49ers, Rams, and Bears.

These three teams have two things in common;

  1. They all have turned into complete dumpster fires as of late.
  2. All teams have drafted/are expected to draft a quarterback with a Top 5 draft pick. (The Rams already did, drafting Jared Goff #1 overall in the 2016 Draft).

Most Likely Of The Three: I see the 49ers bringing in Romo this offseason over everyone else. They’re expected to bring in a quarterback with their second pick in this year’s draft, which means they need a quality veteran to help solidify their offense while their draft pick becomes acclimated with the NFL.

But seriously, he is a quality quarterback. If I was running an organization, I would much rather have a rookie learn from Tony Romo than Colin Kaepernick or Blaine Gabbert.

Least Likely Of The Three: The Bears are the least likely of the three to trade for Romo, and why would they?

Chicago already has Jay Cutler, who has squandered away a large sum of money for playing like garbage during his tenure in the “Windy City.” They also have Matt Barkley, who they can try and sign as a free agent this offseason. And, in addition to that, they will have the third overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, where they are projected to pick up a quarterback anyways.

Out of all the possibilities, I see Ryan Pace and the rest of the Bears brass picking up a quarterback with the third pick, and then letting him learn under Jay for a few years, and see where that goes.

But, the unpredictable drafting and decision making by the Bears make them my number three selection for Romo. You can expect one move based on rumors and such, and they will completely shift gears and go somewhere else.

So I guess, like all good train-wrecks, we just have to wait and see.

To Wrap-Up: Romo’s done in Dallas, it’s that simple! Jerry Jones would be a complete BUFFOON to not realize that. Dak Prescott is on the rise, and paired with Zeke Elliot in the backfield will create a recipe for disaster for opposing defenses in the coming years.

But, Romo’s time in the NFL is not completely over. He has a chance to be the elder mentor of the organization, instead of the younger star of the team.

Just don’t expect him to win you any Super Bowls.

The Bears Just Continue To Disappoint! (This Is A Rant)

I didn’t expect alot from the Bears this season, I really didn’t. Disappointment was clearly on the horizon.

I knew they were not going to make it to the playoffs. I knew Jay Cutler was going to be his normal, “mediocre” self. It was just inevitable.

But with the NFL Draft just a few short months away and the #2 overall pick inches away from Chicago’s grasp, it seemed like the outcome for this season would surely turn around.

Then, the 49er game happened….

For those of you who may not know, the Bears had a chance to move up to the #2 overall pick in the 2017 Draft with a loss against the 49ers. But, ONCE AGAIN, they continue to disappoint.

The Bears ended up winning that game 26-6 to move to a 3-9 record on the season.

It was that one game, that ONE GAME you want your team to actually lose, and they disappoint you again.

Yes, I know that sounds off, I get it. But with only three wins on the season, I’ll take whatever happiness I can get.

Now, after yet ANOTHER loss on the season to Detroit the following week, the Bears are sitting with the fourth worst record in the NFL, which translates to the fourth overall pick. But if they stay at four, how should they use it?

It’s simple, QUARTERBACK!!! Don’t give me this garbage about how John Fox is a defensive minded coach, because I am sick of it. It’s time to invest in a new QB for the future.

People need to get over the Jay Cutler craze and realize, NOTHING is going to happen with that man in Chicago. If this Chicago fanbase is going to continue to instill their trust in this man, then all they will get in return is a leech sucking a franchise dry of cap room.

And don’t try and convince me that Matt Barkley is the answer. Cause I’ll agree, he’s looked decent in his last four starts. But it’s been four games people. And as a proverbial backup his entire three year career, not to mention him being a free agent this coming offseason, I’m not ready to just hand the keys to the franchise over to him.

If you want Barkley so bad, bring in a Kaiser, or a Watson from the draft and make them EARN THAT SPOT IN CAMP!

But hey, what do I know. I don’t own a team. I’m not a GM.

But I do have common sense, and I know if something has been broken for roughly eight years, you should probably fix it.