Wrestlemania’s cute little brother rolled around for the 27th time and for the sixth straight year it took place in the Staples Center. The show was squarely promoted around a title bout between Brock Lesnar and John Cena. Unless you live under a rock or with Lesnar in a town that has just one phone (no joke) you’ve seen “the biggest fight of the summer” ads somewhere on the internet, assuming that you have internet access.
Otherwise how would you be reading this column?
The overall card presented some intriguing matchups, mainly the clash between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose, which easily featured the best buildup besides Cena-Lesnar. Here are my thoughts on the show: Continue reading
Raise your hand if you drafted a RB in the first round last year and he ended up a bust.
Don’t be ashamed.
If this was you, don’t worry. You were not alone. In fact, based on Yahoo’s rankings – which are the rankings I will use for this article – 11 RBs were likely drafted in the first round of your standard 12-team draft and a little less than half (45 percent) were busts.
Now, you can’t win your draft in the first round, but you can certainly lose one – or at least put yourself at a distinct disadvantage. Continue reading
Potential is such a dangerous concept in the world of fantasy football. It’s far too easy to get caught up in a young player’s best case scenario and forget about the idea that there is indeed a learning curve in the NFL. Often we push up these expectations a year or two too soon in order to justify reaching for the player and in doing so miss out on plenty of quality players at a much better value.
You may not remember, but there was a time when Doug Martin’s name was mentioned in the same breath as Adrian Peterson, Arian Foster and Jamaal Charles. His name was likely one of the first few that disappeared off of the available players during your fantasy football drafts last August.
At the time there were two schools of thought:
1.) You’re overvaluing his incredible rookie campaign.
He was fifth in rushing yards (1,454), 12th in yards per attempt (4.6), tied with Marshawn Lynch and Trent Richardson for fifth in touchdowns (11), tied with Charles for third in runs of 20 yards or more (11), fifth in yards per game (90.9), fourth in rushing attempts (319) and he only fumbled the ball once.
The idea of coming home to finish your career in the place where it all began is admirable. You’re deciding to make your life a complete circle by bringing back all of the skills you’ve learned in other areas and applying them in a place where you have ties that go beyond the name of the company you work for. This is the area where you grew up in. Your childhood memories, good or bad, were created here. Anyone who has ever debated about continuing their job in a city that isn’t around where they grew up can relate to the decision LeBron James went through. Do I leave the area that I’ve grown up in and become a better person and head back to the place where I started this journey?
Where the common folk and LeBron James can’t relate is figuring out the option that gives you the best chance to win your third ring.
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Somewhere in the smoke that is being created by LeBron James, James’ entourage, the Cleveland Cavaliers, Pat Riley, the letter Dan Gilbert wrote after LeBron left, Chris Bosh, the Houston Rockets, Carmelo Anthony, Phil Jackson, the Buss family, Kobe, Donald Sterling, Channing Frye and Ben Gordon getting ridiculous contracts by the Orlando Magic and KCP (Kentavious Caldwell-Pope) going bananas in the Summer League, the Charlotte Hornets offered the first max contract of the free agency period.
As we wait for the LeBron domino to fall and potentially reshape the entire landscape of the NBA, the Hornets have reached agreement with Gordon Hayward on a four-year/$63 million offer sheet. Continue reading
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Almost an entire calendar year has passed since Philadelphia 76ers’ GM Sam Hinkie made the draft day trade that sent Jrue Holiday to New Orleans for two first round picks. One ended up being the player the Pelicans picked at number six, Nerlens Noel, who was regarded as the number one overall pick when Chad Ford sent out his first of 1234513895 mock drafts last year, but then tumbled down draft boards after shredding his ACL in February. The other pick in the trade was the Pelicans’ first rounder in this Thursday’s draft (the pick was top-five protected and wound up being number 10).
It’s no secret that Hinkie robbed Pelicans’ GM Dell Demps in broad daylight. Holiday is a nice player, but he’s just a little bit above average at a position (PG) that is currently in the best state it has ever been in, but the Pelicans brass was and still is desperate to make sure Anthony Davis doesn’t develop Kevin Love syndrome. So instead of holding onto Noel or drafting a different player in potentially the worst rookie class in the history of the league and holding onto their pick in one of the most intriguing drafts in the history of the league, Demps panicked and Hinkie’s Frankenstein like plan to rebuild the Sixers started to fall into place. Continue reading