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.

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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.

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.