Women's soccer team, swimming and love the short stuff ( 400m or less) in track and field. Like golf but have zero interest in olympic golf. Same for basketball.
The biggest reason they are "back" is because they have an easy early schedule and the narrative drives gambling in Vegas. It's free money for the casinos. The team gets hyped and people place bets and then they fall apart as the season wears on and Vegas cleans up. At 12/1 plenty of people are jumping on that. If they had them closer to where they should be at like 50/1 only the die-hards would put cash down.
It's gotten a bit like hockey. Where you have this glut of kids and collection of guys that are pretty good and a handful of guys that are REALLY good but those really good guys show up every three games or so. It's just a hard product to market. NBA and NFL you have superstars that pretty much show up every game and that's just not the case in MLB. Stanton was HORRIBLE early in the year, Bryce Harper looked like a lock for MVP in April and has just been okay since then. There just aren't enough guys that are marketable off the field. It's like tennis got and how golf has become as well. Not too long ago no matter who your team was you still knew who Tony Gwynn was or Mike Schmidt, or Bonds or Sosa etc etc.. that's just not the case today.
And I'd guess a lot of people are like me. I root for the Reds. This season was over before it even started so my interest in MLB as a whole isn't what it use to be. And the season is way too long in my opinion. World Series has no business being played in November. Like my Reds. What's the upside to tuning in to 162 games of badly coached/played baseball?
Just odd. Durant went to Golden State to win and Andre saying OKC was the best team that had their number. He's basically agreeing with anyone who said OKC was the better team but Durant turned into a ball hog and couldn't close. Way to throw your new teammate under the bus...
And why on earth bring up the Cavs. I don't get some of these dudes these days. LeBron is like the king of "if you disrespect me I'm going to pin it to a board and use it to fuel me".... it's freaking pr 101. Just say something like OKC with Durant against the Cavs would have been a heck of a series...
The NFL starts the playoffs that second weekend in January so they want it to happen before then and Sugar and Rose don't want them taking away from their games when they don't host. Rose Bowl parade is a big problem as well a most of the people associated with the parade feel like moving it would be like doing Times Square ball drop on the 30th of December. Rose and Sugar have basically said we're not moving and our games are the big games on New Years Day.
They just have limited options. They want the games on the weekend/holiday but they can't be on the first when Rose and Sugar aren't hosting and they can't be on the weekend once the NFL starts. If they do them a week earlier they run into Christmas Day/ Christmas Eve games.
The short fix is probably going to be putting the CFP games on a weekday when Rose and Sugar don't host. The longterm fix is getting the Sugar Bowl to move days the year they don't host. Rose Bowl parade can happen as is and you move up the Rose Bowl game from 5pm est to like 2pm est and then roll the CFP games after Rose ( like 5:30 and 9pm)..
too old... barely :) I'd guess the sweet spot for Pokemon was people born late 70s to mid 80s...???? would make them middle school-high school when it was big in mid 90s...
Well I guess I could be wrong :) ... when I've heard the word pokemon over the years I thought of a yellow rabbit with red cheeks...
Not just Pokemon but it's amazing to me how you can be a 1 year too old or too young and miss out completely on something pretty big in pop culture. I know what a Pokemon looks like but that's about all I could tell you.
Didn't see much. Best week to me is still Black Friday week when Amazon matches anything an everything.
Probably didn't think he had to because that money was already there. Sounds like he thought he would just re-sign with Boston ( they paid Jonas Jerebko instead of Sullinger) and then that didn't happen and there wasn't a long line of people waiting to sign him. I'd imagine his agent said you want a better/longer deal in 2017/18 get in shape. Wake up call gut check time imo.
Hopefully this is the 1 year "i'm going to work my tail off and get in great shape" so I can sign a big multi-year deal the following season..
Odd fit though. jonas valanciunas is one of the worst defending centers in the NBA and Sullinger is limited on the defensive end as well. Don't see how these two can be on the court at the same time. Seems like Sully will have to come off the bench with the second team..
Wish him the best....
Just can't see Dan Gilbert sticking it to Love like that. Sacramento is a mess of a franchise.
If they want to deal Love at this point ( still think it's big if because a lot like Irving he got a much better at team ball/defense as the season wore on and especially in the Playoffs. Think a lot of people forget that was Irving and Love's first full playoffs)...
but if you did want to deal him the easy swap is with Atlanta for Milsap. Hawks trying to move him. Money works. Milsap is basically the east coast version of Draymond Green as a guy who can stuff every stat on the sheet. Milsap can be a free agent next season so you get a guy you could resign or let leave to open up CAP to make a run at another guy...
Whenever I heard the words "LeBron James" and "Sources" over the past decade they have never even been close to the situation. His camp has ALWAYS been tight lipped.
I said this in another thread. Just depends on what Wade wants. To get a big payday and not even sniff the playoffs in a place like Denver? get a nice payday and probably not sniff much of the playoffs in Miami? or take a one year pay cut and go to a team like the Cavs at a reduced price and probably end up in the NBA finals. LeBron doesn't have to take a huge paycut if he wants Wade he can make it happen. Wades not going to get anywhere close to $20M with the Cavs probably more like $7M if they use what they have available and LeBron gives a slight discount... These dudes get paid OFF THE COURT. Wade could parlay off the court deals by being a part of the Cavs and a championship run to help offset the salary.
The kicker to me that makes the whole thing possible is Wade can do a 1 year deal and then go back to Miami for that final big payday. Miami can't do anything right now because of Bosh and that won't be a problem next season. Once they get Bosh off the books they could bring in two max contracts.
I still think the Cavs would be better off getting a guy like Festus Ezeli but Wade would help for sure. He's old but second half of the season he was fantastic and on the Cavs he wouldn't have to do any of the heavy lifting and could get lots of nights off to save up for the playoffs. He's still an elite defender who can score.
The money for these guys will be next year. Miami has a mess with Bosh still on the books and if they wait till Feb 2017 they'll get full cap insurance relief if Bosh retires and will have lots of space next year. There isn't a scenario where Wade can get paid this year and win a ring. It's either or. A lot like Durant going to the Warriors for 1 year I think you can make a real case that Wade can go to Cleveland and chase a ring for minimum salary and then go back to Miami next year for one last deal. Still think you could see something similar with Durant chasing a ring this year and then having to move again because of cap issues Warriors will have next year when Stephs payday kicks in. Neither Durant or OKC burned that bridge so OKC would be a real possibility.
You sign Westbrook long term regardless of what the future holds imo. The odds of getting Harden, Ibaka, Durant and Westbrook in the draft are through the roof. These days you'd be lucky to get one of those guys via the draft.
Now that Golden State has cut Ezeli sort of interesting to see if the Cavs make a run at him. Shouldn't cost a lot and fills an area of need and the revenge factor doesn't hurt come NBA finals time.
The problem is they didn't swap Durant for Barnes. They swapped Durant for Barnes, Bogut, Ezelli and probably Barbosa and Speights. They gutted their bench/depth to make this happen.
Two things. The world said "lock up the trophies when LeBron, Wade and Bosh teamed up" and they won 2 in 4 years. Still have to play the games.. plus how on earth do they pay these guys next year when Steph suddenly isn't cheap anymore ( making $12M this year)
Second. I was always impressed with Golden States depth and how their second unit trucked people. Look I get the Durant thing but they are losing a lot of depth. Barnes is gone, They have to trade Bogut. They just cut Ezelli. No clue who is going to play center. Rush, Barbosa and Speights are still free agents and they are trying to shed money. That starting five is legit but they went from having the best bench in the NBA to having Livingston, Looney and Jason Thompson...
I never did quite understand the Dylan McCaffrey thing. Kids looks like a legit 5 star pro-style QB on tape but all the top-end pro-style schools didn't offer him ( including Stanford). It's just odd. The top 5 or so pro-style schools for the most part all offered the other top 5 guys not named Dylan McCaffrey. I guess Stanford could be he wanted to carve out his own path but why didn't he get offers from places like USC, Clemson, Georgia etc? He got 8 offers and some of those were like Colorado and Rutgers. In the same 2017 class pro style qb Hunter Johnson same grade and a 5 star got 23 offers. Just odd to me..
Will be interesting to see what the Celtics do if they can't land Durant and Horford. They have a ton of cap space and a pretty solid team and there should be just as many big names available next year. I'd imagine they'd try to lock in some one year deals instead of overpaying borderline talent.
Still think Durant goes the LeBron route and does a 2 year player out option after 1 back at OKC and then he can sign a long term deal next year with OKC or leave with Westbrook. Will be interesting to see if they make a deal to get Donovan and Horford together again. They basically didn't play Kanter against the Warriors so he's a piece they could move.
Curious to see if the Cavs let Delly walk ( guessing so after LeBrons good luck in MIL tweet) and does Richard Jefferson resign? I'd imagine they'll look at Varejao as a dirt cheap Moz replacement.
Good for Mike and I don't have a problem with the amount ( as new deals get done here this season and next this will be right in line salary wise)... my "problem" if I was Grizz fan ( i'm not) would be the 5 years. He's missed almost 50 games over the past few years and as a guy who only played one year in college he's played a lot of NBA minutes at 28. $30mx5 is win now money. Back half of his contract could be a mess for the Grizz health/age wise. Mike gets paid regardless so Go Bucks! Go Mike!
Will be interesting to see what the battery charge is.. that's probably the key in the length of the suspension. Did he just push some dude in a bar while drunk or did he take a swing at someone and was that someone a man or a woman... if he took a swing at woman he may be done for the year.. if he pushed some guy in a "get off me dude" way probably just miss a game.
Also I'd imagine a resisting charge will be added. Cops came to get him and he took off running and it took them five minutes to chase him down..
Even Buckeye parents are first round draft picks...
"in the first round of the TV draft ESPN selects...Annie Apple"... boom!!!
That's just clickbait 101. Take the four college teams that stories are most clicked on ( Ohio State, FSU, Bama and Texas) and put in four teams ahead of them to get fans of Ohio State, FSU, Bama and Texas clicking...
Watching some other teams play just made me realize how far we still have to go to "catch-up". Three things that stood out to me after watching our 3rd place game.
1. Vision. We just don't have it once we get inside the box. You would think some guys were invisible when one more touch would have put someone in perfect scoring position. Bobby Wood never seems to pick his head up once he gets near the box and he's not the only one.
2. Depth. When completely healthy we have some nice pieces but once we lose a guy to injury or yellow/red cards there's such a huge drop-off in talent. Other countries it's just next man up.
3. Style of play. I'm not sure if it's Klinnsman or the players but game after game in COPA and in watching some of UEFA European Championship games team after team is CONSTANTLY putting pressure on the ball from all positions. You watch the USA team and you see guys like Dempsey and Wood putting in some light jogging as they put pressure on guys where as other teams those guys are sprinting at people putting pressure on them. Again don't know if it's the players not pressuring or Klinnsman not wanting to pressure..
Probably because my expectations were so low but was DRAGGED to see BonJovi with an ex and they were really good. I went in thinking I'd know a few songs but then song after song it was like "oh I know this song". Pretty crazy how many songs they have that anyone who ever watched MTV or listened to the radio couldn't escape even if they weren't really a fan.. and they had a great stage show.