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WHO EVEN HAS BeIN?!?!?!

It is 10 p.m. in the Eastern time zone of the United States and the U.S. Men’s National Team will not be in next year’s World Cup.  This is the first World Cup that the United States has missed since 1986.  This situation is truly depressing, disastrous, inexcusable, untimely, and, yet, entirely predictable.  Continue reading WHO EVEN HAS BeIN?!?!?!

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Great Textversations: 6/23/17 – The NBA Offseason 2017

With the NBA Draft in the rear view mirror, the NBA offseason is now in full swing.  We have already seen one major trade in the Butler/Levine blockbuster, but many more may be on the horizon.  Combining that with some major players announcing their intentions of becoming free agents, i.e. Blake Griffin and CP3, tees up these next few months for major moves that could reshape the NBA landscape.  Hunter and Zander had a quick take exchange in light of the most recent news.

Z: Now where is Blake trying to go?

H: Memphis. You heard it here first.

Honestly, I think the Cavs should K-Love trade for cap space and maybe a better SG and then sign Blake.

Z:  CP3 is also going to opt out.

If the Cavs got CP3, Kyrie could go to the 2, which is closer to his true position.

H: That would be nuts. I think CP3 is set for Spurs though

Z: #rememberthebananaboat

H: Melo coming then? And Wade?

Z: Not Melo, but the Bulls would love to get rid of Wade’s contract and would probably do a trade for KLove. A straight up trade works in the trade machine, but I would expect some more going to Cleveland.

H: Lavine

Z: I do not know the rules on trading a player you just acquired via trade, but him being a defensive minus would make that addition a little less likely.

D-Wade would likely opt out of his contract if he was traded and sign a more friendly deal so that the Cavs have enough room for CP3.

H: Only rule is that you can’t be traded after PLAYING for 2 teams in same season. So he’s fine.

Z: Oh. Well, there is still the option that the Cavs trade KLove for PG13. If they got him and signed CP3. Warriors/Cavs IV would be an amazing series.

H: But if Pacers take that deal (assuming they don’t work a 3rd team on to get some more talent) they would be stupid. K Love stinks.

Z: The Cers would need more, but getting some for PG is better than nothing. Pritchard is getting thrown into the deep end for his tenure.

H: No kidding. Starting to think Bird just didn’t wanna deal with it.

Z: That is entirely possible. I would have gotten out of his position if I saw this coming.

H: There’s no winning here. Unless the Pacers just absolutely trade rob someone, fans won’t be happy.

Z: I think that KLove’s in Indy would be considerably better than in Cleveland. I think a lineup with him and Turner could have some really good spacing and shooting.

Looking at the Cers and there some really bad contracts on here.

H: Need to get a better SG. And someone to replace George’s scoring ability. Trade George for Greek Freak and whatever else they want.

Z: There is a zero percent chance the Greek Freak will be traded. He is still on his Rookie contract.

H: Turner, George, Leaf and bingo we have a deal.

CrazyTrade.jpgZ:  Crazy trade that will never happen, but works mathematically.

H: Would never happen, but honestly… think it would be great for all teams involved.

Z: I think the Pacers and Cavs would say yes, but it goes against the current mindset of the Bucks to do this trade.

I don’t get how every team gets significantly “worse”.

H: That part makes no sense to me either.

Z: I’ll just chalk it up to the ridiculous ESPN power rankings in general.

H: Those are so dumb.

Photo: NBA.com

Freddie Freeman’s Injury Is Devastating for the Braves

Bottom of the 5th inning, one out, with a man on 2nd base in a 6-3 game, the Braves had exactly the man they wanted at the plate, Freddie Freeman. Even with the Braves up 3, it is always nice to grab some insurance runs, but just 2 pitches into the at bat, the Blue Jays’ pitcher, Aaron Loup, threw a 94 mph fastball in tight on Freeman, and, on a check swing, the ball ricocheted off Freeman’s left wrist. Almost immediately Freeman, who is as tough as they come, grimaced in pain and headed to the Braves dugout where the trainer was there to meet him. He was immediately taken out of the game and the whole of Braves nation held their collective breath to hear the word on his wrist. Continue reading Freddie Freeman’s Injury Is Devastating for the Braves

The New York Met’s Rotation: Imagine What Could Be

 

In today’s era of “All or Nothing” approaches at the plate, having a strong rotation is a must. The New York Mets could and should have so much more than a “strong” rotation. When you look at the talent they have, you would think they’d rarely ever give up more than one run. With talents such as Harvey, Syndergaard, and deGrom, they should cut through the league like a hot knife through butter. Unfortunately we have yet to see all of the talent on full display, due to a myriad of injuries.  Below I will briefly go over the 5 pitchers that the Mets have, which in turn will show just how dominant this rotation could be if they were all healthy at the same time. Continue reading The New York Met’s Rotation: Imagine What Could Be

Etihad Stadium. Manchester, England May 13th, 2012

93:20. A time that may not mean much, but it means everything to Manchester City.

Early May of 2012 was a an odd time for me. I was preparing to graduate from high school and getting ready for my last summer before I went off to college. But another thing that was going on was the race for the Premier League title race. Going into the last Saturday of the season, the two clubs that could win the league were found in Manchester. Manchester City and Manchester United were level on points with City leading on goal difference and both were battling teams that on paper should be easy wins. United was taking on Sunderland away at the Stadium of Light and City was at home facing QPR in the Etihad Stadium. To keep things fair (and to add a lot more drama) the games would kick off at 11 AM Eastern time. If you are a soccer fan, you have surely seen the stories, the drama, the goals, and even the heartbreak from United fans who were hoping for their second title in a row. City was hoping to win their first title in 44 years. This is my experience, my story, and this is what 93:20 means to me. Continue reading Etihad Stadium. Manchester, England May 13th, 2012

Duke Basketball: Moving Past 2016

Another college basketball season has come and gone and sadly the month of March flew by way too fast. Coming into this 2016-17 season, the Duke Blue Devils had the #2 recruiting class in the nation with four McDonald’s All-Americans coming in: Harry Giles (PF), Jason Tatum (SF), Marquees Boldin (C), and Frank Jackson (PG). All four of whom were in the ESPN top 25 players for their grade. Duke also managed to land Javin DeLaurier (PF) who was in the ESPN top 100 as well. On top of landing five high school standouts, Duke had Luke Kennard returning, along with Grayson Allen, Amile Jefferson, and Matt Jones. Duke had everything it took this past season to make a good March Madness run and even a shot at the national title. They had a great recruiting class coming and they had upperclassmen leadership from players like Allen, Jefferson, and Jones. I have to say that before the start of the season I was very excited to see the potential of this team play out through the season. Continue reading Duke Basketball: Moving Past 2016

Liverpool On The Right Path Under Jurgen Klopp’s Leadership

Over the past decade, Liverpool Football Club has been mediocre at best compared to the Liverpool we think about from thirty years ago. Whether it has been not finishing in the top four, inconsistency in the boss’ chair, or just flat-out not performing, that is the Liverpool we all think of when it comes to recent years. As a person who bleeds Liverpool red, it broke my heart to see the state of the club over the past few seasons. Continue reading Liverpool On The Right Path Under Jurgen Klopp’s Leadership