Fear And Loathing To Las Vegas: 31-1, the Raiders are leaving Oakland

By Will Stevenson

Welcome to the NFL where business is booming. As a North Carolinian, I have watched professional teams come and go, and I’ve often wondered why this state hasn’t been a part of the events that go on in our professional leagues. We haven’t had a baseball team, so watching the Braves on TBS or the White Sox and Cubs on WGN were the regional options.  Our basketball team was here, then went to New Orleans with our good players and ultimately drafting Chris Paul, then leaving us with an expansion team called the Bobcats. Oddly enough the HB-2 sent the 2017 NBA All-Star Game to New Orleans, so yet again New Orleans was there to take our karma (Somehow I feel David Stern is behind this, but I digress). Our football team came in 1996, I was there when they played their home games at Clemson Stadium. The Carolina Hurricanes are our hockey, which they were relocated from Hartford.

With North Carolina being more famous for their collegiate sports, our history as a professional sports state pails in comparison to places such as Cleveland, Green Bay, New York, Los Angeles, and St. Louis. Although I don’t have a long-standing connection with the Carolina Panthers or the newest version of the Charlotte Hornets, I still have an understanding of how it feels to know the team you invest your time and money into is leaving to another city. With today’s 31-1 vote to move the Oakland Raiders to Las Vegas, those feelings of betrayal and emptiness were connected once again. We’ve all seen this coming for the past couple years and we should have know it was going to happen when the Rams moved to LA, and then subsequently the Chargers. The Raiders stayed in Oakland, but most knew it wouldn’t be for long, as Las Vegas was ramping up their proposal. With that 31-1 vote, Stephen Ross, owner of the Miami Dolphins voiced his concern with the Palm Beach Post, “My position today was that we as owners and as a League owe it to the fans to do everything we can to stay in the communities that have supported us.” Is that a general concern of the fans, or is Stephen Ross looking at his mid-dumpster fire of a money-making franchise and seeing what is to come on the horizon?

All Las Vegas needed was a team, any professional team to get the NFL on board. Baseball wasn’t budging, the MLS isn’t in the Big Four as far as major sports are concerned here in the states, and the NBA wasn’t ready to test those waters after the debacle of a weekend with their All-Star game (Shoutout PacMan Jones). That leaves one left: Hockey. That’s right, the NHL, a league that has undergone major construction with their relocation over the years through their rebranding after work stoppages and the loss of network sponsorships, has paved the way for professional sports in Las Vegas.

The NFL has continuously noted the conflicting interest of gambling and a possible move to Las Vegas, but it’s 2017, and with the world being so technologically advanced, there’s no need to refuse uncharted territory that can be seen as financial gain. A fan base is key to the business of relocation, but the Raiders won’t see Las Vegas for another 2-3 years with the opening marked for 2020. For the NFL, that’s plenty of time to decide on PSLs (Personal Seat Licenses), sponsorships, parking, traffic, and promotional tactics: And Hotels. Let us not forget this is a business, and when a new sports franchise is coming to town, there are business partnerships that must be forged: Restaurants, Hotel Chains, Flights, Ticket Packages, “Ambassadors”, Spokesmen, Commercials, etc.

Enough of the business aspect, let’s get back to the fans in Oakland. The Oakland fan base has once again suffered. Their team is leaving, and their team is actually good with a promising offense running the show. You know what that means: The Raiders have two years to go for it all. I know stacking rosters to win isn’t the most efficient way of building a championship contender, but the Raiders have only one chance to do it. With the Patriots maybe-slowing-down but not probably, the Raiders need to win the Superbowl with the team they currently have. They need to win before the fans have to choose between going to Las Vegas or possibly rooting for either of the teams in LA. Help us all if any Raider fans have to cheer for the Rams.

This is a day when all Raider Nation collectively post on social media to grieve. Every meme, picture, comment section, Twitter think-piece and Facebook Group is already feasting at the Vegas trough. Just as Kendrick Lamar said to rappers about his upcoming album, Oakland has two years to get their sh*t together. In two years you will only have the Warriors to cheer for, and I’m sure that traveling package for Las Vegas won’t be cheap. Your significant other will only allow so many “football trips” to see the Raiders play in Vegas, and I’m sure some of you are already planning to fail two years in advance.

Happy Monday Oakland, Happy Monday.

PS: Who will be the next “Purple” in Las Vegas? Ask for a friend.

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Which Active Players in Each of the 4 Major American Sports Most Deserve to win a Championship?

By Leo Silbert

Sometimes fate in the sports world can be incredibly cruel.  Some of the best talents ever like Ted Williams in the MLB, Dan Marino in the NFL, Peter Stastny and Marcel Dionne in the NHL and most NBA stars of the 90s who weren’t on the Bulls like Patrick Ewing and Charles Barkley were never able to ascend to the highest place in their sport because of the team they were on wasn’t very talented after them or because they were blocked from winning because they played during an era of a dynasty.  This still holds true today when 3 out of the 4 major sports are going through eras of historic parity (while the NBA finals can already be predicted fairly reliably now in February).  So out of all the stars in each of the sports who hasn’t won a title to this point in their careers, who in each of the 4 major sports deserves to win a title the most?

The NFL:larry-fitzgerald

Being split into 2 separate conferences also shows a split in level of parity.  Since the year 2000, 12 of the 16 teams in the NFC have made it to the Superbowl with only the Panthers (2 times) and Giants and Seahawks (3 times each) have gone more than once.  The only NFC Teams to not make it to the Superbowl since 2000 are the Cowboys, Redskins, Vikings and Lions.  The same does not hold true for the AFC.  Since the year 2000, there have only been 6 teams to make the Superbowl from the AFC side with the Patriots making it 7 times, the Steelers making it 3 times, the Ravens, Colts and Broncos making it twice (the Colts and Broncos did so with Peyton Manning as their quarterback to lessen the parity even more) and the Raiders made it once in 2002.  Still though, the NFC with all the turnover they have shown has the player in the NFL who most deserves to hoist the Lombardi trophy in Larry Fitzgerald.  Fitzgerald already has all of the credentials for a wide receiver to make it to the hall of fame.  He is 3rd all time in Receptions, he is 9th all time in yards, and 8th all time in touchdowns.  He even has a heartbreaking loss in the lone Superbowl he was in where he had a great game catching 7 passes on 8 targets for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns, only to lose on one of the greatest plays in Superbowl history with Ben Roethlisberger throwing his lone touchdown of the night to eventual Superbowl MVP Santonio Holmes in the back corner of the end zone.  Fitzgerald’s Cardinals have never made it back to the Superbowl despite making the NFC championship game in 2015 where they lost badly to the Panthers.  He is also one of the great men off the football field in the NFL, being the co-winner of the Walter Peyton Man of the Year Award this year.  Fitzgerald is nearing the end of the line for his hall of fame career and winning a Superbowl would be a great last stop for him before he sets off on his way to Canton.

Honorable mentions:

Philip Rivers is stuck in the AFC with the Patriots and for most of his career Peyton Manning so he hasn’t had much of a chance to make the Superbowl and now his team doesn’t have much talent around him to help him win one in his final few years in the league.

Frank Gore was stuck on bad 49er teams for years and came very close to winning it all in 2012 when his team lost after his team passed the ball 3 times from their own 5 yard line within the game’s final 3 minutes.

Jason Witten and Antonio Gates are both top 5 tight ends of all time, but they have never had a good enough team around them to get over the hump.  If Witten returns this year he might have a good shot with the Cowboys but it seems like Gates is stuck in the same boat as Philip Rivers.

Joe Thomas has been on of the best left tackles in the game ever since he stepped on the field.  Unfortunately for him, the team he has been doing that for is the Cleveland Browns who are in the middle of their sixth head coach during his tenure trying to rebuild the team.

Julius Peppers just passed Michael Strahan for 5th all time in sacks and he made it to the Superbowl in his 2nd season in the league, but he has never made it back there during his 15 year career.

Major League Baseball:adrian-beltre

Throughout the history of baseball, many all time great players have been unable to capture a World Series victory such as Ted Williams, Ernie Banks and Ty Cobb.  A lot of this had to do with how baseball didn’t have a lot of year to year turnover for most of its history and only had 2 teams from each league make it to the postseason until the 1995 season.  Then from 1996-2000, the Yankees won 4 out of 5 titles which made it even harder for non-Yankee players to win a World Series.  After that though, World Series winners became more unpredictable.  The unpredictability of the sport has led to many of the contemporary greats to win at least one world series, but there are still some who have yet to reach that plateau, the greatest of which is Adrian Beltre.  Beltre has been in the Majors since 1998 and he already has the kind of numbers that can guarantee him a spot in Cooperstown after he retires.  Beltre is going to hit his 3000th hit this season, he has a career WAR (wins above replacement level player) pf 90.2 which puts him at 30th all time in major league history.  His 1571 RBIs and 445 home runs him at 43rd and 41st all time while he sits at 25th all time in extra base hits.  He came very close to winning a World Series in 2011 with the Texas Rangers, but a loss in game 7 was the last time his team made it to the grandest stage in baseball.  He still has another season or two left in the tank and the Rangers are a competitive team, so he may get what he deserves if everything breaks just right.

Honorable Mentions:

Carlos Beltran: Beltran is another guy who started in 1998 and has put up potentially hall of fame credentials already but the one thing that would push him over the top as a lock would be winning a World Series.

Ichiro: Ichiro is one of the greatest hitters of all time and is returning to the Marlins in 2017.  He has over 3000 hits since debuting in the majors in 2001 and if you include his numbers from Japan, he has the most hits in professional baseball history.  He is already a lock for Cooperstown but a ring would be a great way to end a great career.

Felix Hernandez: It is hard to imagine that King Felix is only going to be 31 this April since he debuted all the way back in 2005.  It is also hard to imagine that in his 12 seasons in the major he has never even made it to the playoffs.  The Mariners are once again a popular preseason pick to make the postseason and once there anything can happen, but it is time for the Mariners to help their king finally get his ring.

Clayton Kershaw: Kershaw is one of the best pitchers in baseball history already at the age of 28 and he is still improving.  He has the chance to be in consideration for the best starting pitcher of all time if he continues his career trajectory, but what would be the best thing for him to be able to lay a claim to that is a World Series ring.

Mike Trout: Yes, he is only 25 and has many, many more years to eventually win his first world series but he has a few things putting him here.  First off, his historical comparisons aren’t guys like Ken Griffey Jr. or another one of the 50 best players of all time, but instead he gets compared to Ted Williams, Mickey Mantle and Willie Mays, who are all top 10 players of all time.  After only 5 full seasons and 40 games in 2011, his WAR is 48.5 which is more than half way to Beltre’s in one-third of the amount of seasons.  He is also stuck on one of the worst teams in baseball with a contract that has him signed through his age 31 season.

The NHL:

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The NHL is the most unpredictable of the major sports leagues in America.  Sure, recently the Blackhawks and Kings have won 5 out of the last 7 Stanley Cups, but they haven’t been able to go back to back and it isn’t uncommon for low seeds to upset higher seeds in the playoffs.  The Eastern Conference has produced 6 different conference champions in the past 7 years with only the Bruins repeating an appearance.  One of the teams who has made it but wasn’t able to get over the top was the New York Rangers in 2014 led by all world goalie Henrik Lundqvist.  Lundqvist has been one of the best goalies in the NHL since his debut in October of 2005.  Since his debut, he has only missed the playoffs one time, he became the fastest ever goaltender to reach the 400 win milestone with getting his 400th win in his 727th game, and he is one of 2 people in the top 5 of all time save percentage in the NHL who has started 400 games.  Now Lundqvist throughout the early part of his career was carrying the Rangers to the playoffs year in and year out with little help.  He has finished in the top 3 for voting on the Venzia trophy (best goaltender award) 5 times, with winning the awards in the 2011/2012 season and he has only not been given votes for the award last season where he had a relatively pedestrian .920 save percentage.  He has also finished with at least 30 wins in every season he has played that wasn’t shortened by a lockout.  Even when he missed an extra 20 games more than his average due to a bruised vein in his neck in 2014/2015 he was able to get 30 wins in only 46 games played.  The Rangers are once again contenders for the Cup this season and Lundqvist is starting his normal late season heat up so he can win one this year, as long as his team is able to meet him half way.

Honorable Mentions:

Alex Ovechkin: Ovechkin is one of the great goal scorers of all time, and he falls to second on this list to fellow 2005/2006 rookie classmate Lundqvist because Ovechkin hasn’t been able to lead his team to the playoffs as often, but now the Capitals are the team with the best record in the league so if they can get over the hump in the playoffs, he may win his first title.

The Sedin Twins: Henrik and Daniel Sedin have been tied to together since birth and both were drafted to the Vancouver Canucks with the 2nd and 3rd overall picks in 1999.  They are both within 31 points of each other with Henrik at 1004 and Daniel at 973.  They were able to reach the finals in 2011 but they ended up falling to the Bruins in 7 games.  Now, the Canucks are 10th in the western conference and don’t seem to be threats at bringing home Lord Stanley’s Cup anytime soon so if they want to win their first cup, they will need to orchestrate moves out of Vancouver.

Jarome Ignila: He has played the most games of anyone in the league currently to have not won a Stanley Cup.  He also happens to play for the worst team in the NHL.  He made the finals in 2003/2004 but his team couldn’t help him pull out the win before the lockout lost season of 2004/2005.  He signed with the Avalanche trying to capture a late career cup, but the Avalanche have regressed in each of his seasons there.

The San Jose Sharks Duo of Joe Thorton Patrick Marleau: They along with now former Shark Dainius Zubrus were all so close to winning their first championship together.  Zubrus has since retired and now it is only Thorton and Marleau and they are trying to get back to the finals for the second year in a row.  Thorton leads all NHL players in assists since he entered the league in 1997 while Marleau has over 500 goals and assists since 1997.  They are first in their division and 3rd overall in the west so they may very well have another shot this year.

Shane Doan: Being the last first round pick of a franchise that is forced to move due to financial reasons can be tough, but Doan was able to do that and stayed with the team after the move and is still there today.  During his tenure, the Coyotes haven’t been a consistent contending team, but Doan has been able to survive the rebuilds and the near contentions and he is still sticking with them to this date, which is unfortunate as he once again finds himself on one of the worst teams in the league.

The NBA:

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The NBA has the highest number of all time greats who have never been able to win a ring.  During the 1960s, the Celtics dynasty blocked out pretty much everyone else, with only the 76ers winning a single championship in the decade to prevent the Celtics sweeping the decade.  The 1970s was probably the most competitive decade for the NBA with 8 different teams winning championships in the 10 year span, with only the Knicks and Celtics winning more than one championship within the decade.  The 1980s was dominated by the Lakers and Celtics, with only the 76ers and Pistons winning a single championship each besides the Celtics and Lakers during the decade.  The 1990s had 4 different teams winning championships, and that number may be as high as it is because Michael Jordan retired for a year and a half and wasn’t in shape for the 1995 championship, and then he retired again before the 1998-1999 season.  The 2000s was the Lakers and Spurs winning 5 and 3 championships each and so far the 2010 seem like they will be dominated by LeBron James and the Warriors.  Some of the all time greats to never win a title are Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, John Stockton, Karl Malone, Allen Iverson and Elgin Baylor (who retired early in the 1972 season before the Lakers went on to win the championship).  Today, there are plenty of players who are near the best to ever play their position but have yet to lift the Larry O’Brien trophy, none of them have been better than Chris Paul.  Paul may be short and slim for the NBA but in his now 12 seasons he has shown that not only could he make it work, he could be dominant.  Chris Paul was so good that the NBA blocked a trade that would have sent him to the Lakers with Kobe and Dwight Howard because that would have made the Lakers too good for the good of the NBA so instead, he was traded from the Hornets where he was consistently the best of 2 good players on the Hornets, the other being David West to the Clippers to team up with a young Blake Griffin and Deandre Jordan to make lob city.  He’s been good for 18.7 points per game, 9.9 assists per game, and 2.3 steals per game throughout his career while only averaging 2.4 turnovers per game.  And possibly the most important stat working for Chris Paul is that he is first in NBA history in win shares per 48 minutes, beating out even the GOAT Michael Jordan.  Now Paul’s career is getting closer to its twilight and he is stuck on a very good Clippers team in the era of super teams like the Warriors and Cavaliers dominating the league.  He definitely has the talent to be the best player on a NBA championship team, but it seems like for him to have a chance, he needs at least one more star player on his team with an improved bench to even have a shot any time soon.

Honorable mentions:

Carmelo Anthony: Anthony was probably hurt just as much by the Pistons drafting Darko Milicic as the Pistons were by drafting Darko Milicic.  Anthony instead went to the Nuggets who were the worst team in basketball the year before he was drafted and were turned into a playoff team his rookie season behind 21 points per game by Anthony.  The Nuggets eventually proceeded to trade for a past his prime Allen Iverson to put next to Anthony in a move that they thought would put them over the top, but it never led to any more playoff success.  In 2008/2009 he finally got a playoff series win in his final full season in Denver.  The next season he was traded to the Knicks near the trade deadline when Anthony was set to be a free agent the following summer, ruining the Knicks bench for no reason (not Anthony’s fault, this was because of terrible Knicks management).  Anthony is now suiting up for a bad Knicks team that makes more headlines for PR disasters than for wins and the team may be looking to trade him to a contender, which if that happens would finally give Anthony a team behind him that he can win with.

Vince Carter: Carter is still going strong for the Memphis Grizzlies, but at 40 years old you would have to think this will be his final season and it seems inevitable that Vinsaity will be another great and exciting basketball player to retire without a championship.  He arrived in Dallas 1 year too late as they won the year before he arrived and he got close with the Magic in 2010, falling to the Celtics in the finals.

Russell Westbrook: The angriest man in the NBA is doing everything in his power to make sure his Oklahoma City Thunder can be competitive but since now he is the only star on the team in the era of 3 star super teams, he is fighting a losing battle.  Westbrook is channeling his inner Oscar Robertson in averaging a triple double this season and night in and night out you know that Westbrook is the player who played harder than anyone else that game.  He deserves to win a title for his attitude alone, but unless the Thunder can start luring in fellow stars quickly, it seems Westbrook is doomed to anger his way to one 7 seed worthy season for the Thunder after another, but if he weren’t there today the Thunder would most likely be challenging the Nets for the worst record in the NBA.

James Harden: Another player drafted by the Thunder franchise, Harden was traded away to the Houston Rockets and he has developed into one of the 5 best players on the planet there.  Now with Mike D’Antoni as his head coach he has evolved even further into a Steve Nash on steroids type of player who seems like he was created by some kid on NBA 2k to fit exactly what D’Antoni wants to do on offense.  Harden’s Rockets are currently the third best team in the West and they are the best non-super team in the league, which shows that the Rockets are so so so close to being championship worthy, but they are being held back by 3 of the greatest collections of talent in NBA history.

Kevin Durant: A third player drafted by the Sonics/Thunder, Durant is one of the best pure scorers of all time and he just joined the Warriors’ super team.  He probably won’t be on this list long.

Welcome Back October, from Sports Fans

 

By Kim Dunning

Welcome back October.  The most exciting month for all sports fans.  This is the month where all four major sports are playing.  Basketball and Hockey are starting, baseball is ending and football is just getting hot.

This month is when baseball gets really interesting.  This is the playoffs and eventual World Series.  Best of series begin and if your team is lucky enough to be in it, this is where you as the fan start getting the nerves involved.  After the long season, this is when baseball is more featured on television and is most talked about.  Nothing is more exciting than playoff baseball.

October marks the beginning of the regular season of hockey.  Hockey season starts October 12th.  This begins the long season for the non-chalant fan but for the diehard hockey fan, this is when you actually have something to watch on a daily basis.  This is where teams like the Maple Leafs and Columbus Blue Jackets actually have hopes of being something more than a losing organization.

Basketball season begins October 25th.  Another long season, the regular basketball fans will once again have something to watch on non-NFL nights.  Many questions will start off the NBA season.  Will the Warriors get defeated right away or will they dominate like they did last season?  Will LeBron still be a beast with Cleveland or are they a one-hit wonder?  All the questions will be answered as the season unfolds.

Let us not forget that the NFL season begins to get into the full swing of things. October tends to be the month that teams will start pulling away from other teams in their division.  It is also the month where some teams’ fans begin to look at college football and who their team can draft to make themselves better in the next season.   Pick-em’s become easier as teams begin to dominate.

October is the best month for sports fans.  All four major teams are either beginning the season, ending the season or getting into the swing of the season.  Welcome back October, from every single sports fan!

From ESPN to Fox: Sloppy Seconds Anyone?

By Will Stevenson
Usually when an entity or organization monopolizes the industry, they buy everyone out and only leave you with a few choices here and there to receive their content. Whether it’s a television service, a phone company or an auto parts store, they make sure that all other options don’t come close to matching the resources they have acquired. When we look at the ESPN empire, they have definitely monopolized the industry, but they have somehow allowed their viewers and listeners to access every possible sports niche there is to offer. It seems as if ESPN Radio has landed in every major city nationwide, and locked in every state with at least a station or two that is affiliated with ESPN. Over the years the ESPN Network has had it’s share of Sportscenter hosts, analyst, guests, shows, and radio hosts, but what they have been able to do is replace the faces with no drop-off in ratings or growing power. With their partnership, or being owned by Disney, those that leave ESPN are able to move to CBS, NBC, and ABC seamlessly. Over the past few years, when the contracts go into their final year, the rumors begin to surface and individuals begin to look for work elsewhere; but where else could they go that would have the same shine as ESPN.
And that’s where Fox comes in.
It seems as though Fox has been on the outside looking in when it comes to sports content, although they do have Fox NFL Sunday that usually brings the NFC contenders to table every week. The last time I watched something on a Fox network was “The Best Damn Sports” show and “The Man Show” on FX. If you’ve every watched a show on FX, then you are aware they bend the lines of censorship for mainstream television. The things they are able to show and get away with are very different from what ESPN can do now that they are under Disney’s supervision. After Colin Cowherd’s contract and “ethnic misquote” combined for the right fire, Fox was more than willing to take him on. The Le Batard Show, based out of Miami, slid into his 10am to 1pm time slot and haven’t missed a beat. One person leaves, another shows up and everything keeps rolling. Fox has been trying for years to match the level ESPN has reached, but haven’t been able to take over in numbers, viewers, mentions and downloads. Fox has been able to throw money at previous ESPN employees and provide an atmosphere that will allow them to have less censorship and more freedoms with their shows.
Can Fox grow their brand of talking heads to the heights of ESPN while doing the same exact thing ESPN has done and is already doing? Probably not, but all it takes are a few gasbags saying the right things and the right people paying attention. Television viewers are one thing, but clicks and downloads are something totally different in this social media driven world we now live in.

September is here do or die (Pennant Race) AL Predictions

By: Jamie Bailey

It’s September, football season is on the horizon, but that means baseball season is almost over. Teams have about 30 games to go. Some teams are out of it completely like Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Los Angeles (Angels), etc. That being said thanks to the 2nd wildcard many teams playoff hopes still exist. Here’s my take of how things will unfold in the AL.

Al East – This division is up in the air. Currently the Blue Jays are in 1st place, but the Red Sox and Orioles are right there. The Yankees, who had a fire sale are only 5.5 games out. This division is tricky, the Orioles, Red Sox, and Blue Jays all have potent offenses that can explode at anytime during a game. However all of the teams have some shortcomings when it comes to pitching. The Red Sox, and Blue Jays have good starting pitching but I think the latter’s pitching is a little better. That being said both teams have suspect bullpens. The Orioles starting pitching has been a disaster this year, but they have been showing improvement in recent weeks minus Wade Miley. The Orioles and Yankees both have had stellar bullpens however. So who’s going to win this division. The beginning of the year I said the Red Sox, but recently I have faltered due to their bullpen. Right now at this moment I lean Toronto, but if the Orioles get better pitching they steal this division.

AL Central – This division is a bit more clear. The Indians barring a Cleveland-esque collapse should win this division for the first time since 2007. Cleveland Sports has had a pretty good 2016 this year – that won’t last long when football season starts – The Royals and Tigers are fighting for a wild card and Detroit seems to be the stronger team recently, but they have had an inconsistent year. Kansas City is finally hitting a groove so it should be interesting to see if they can steal one of the wildcards.

 

AL West- The AL West will be won by the Texas Rangers and their manager Bannister should win AL Manager of the year. The Mariners and Astros are fighting for wildcard positioning. I think over the next few weeks the Mariners will fade a bit. I think the Astros have a chance to get the final wildcard but their horrible start to the season will cost them.

 

Here are my final predictions

AL East winner: Toronto Blue Jays

AL Central winner: Cleveland Indians

AL West Winner: Texas Rangers

Wild Card: Baltimore Orioles

Wild Card: Boston Red Sox

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I seriously think you should jump on this wave!

By Lawrence Edwards

OK, before I get started let me tell you that this isn’t a fad that will quickly fade out, nor is it a get rich quick scheme. It’s simple, I am not forcing you or trying to persuade you to do anything. I just want to share with you something that I know sports enthusiasts every where will enjoy and offer you the opportunity to be apart of something or get ahead of everyone else on a trend that is about to take the world by storm. From Football to Cricket we have something every sports will fall in love with. You have two options: Affiliate or Player. I will go in to great detail about both and most importantly the coming of a game changing sports app by United Games that is going to absolutely blow your mind!

Now what we are talking about here is an app that will let you enjoy your favorite sport interactively while watching the game. This app is going to bring a new dynamic way of playing of enjoying sports. It’s not just going to focus on the major sports but every sport.  The point is to get everyone to enjoy sports better, not just the people who have time for drafts and 4 different fantasy leagues or the ones who are good at selecting the right combination of players in order to enjoy the experience.

Now, as I previously mentioned you have two options to join this wave, either as a player or an affiliate. If you want to just be one of the first to enjoy the experience of this game changing app then sign up as a player for free. You will be a pre-registered player and once the app launches within the next 5 weeks you can begin enjoying your interactive sports experience and start earning some rewards and points. I don’t know about you but once I started playing fantasy football and basketball, the game became THAT much more interesting to me. I began to pay attention to things that I didn’t before. This interactive app will award every real sports fan the same experience but much better – did I mention that some of EA Sports former developers are building this thing? – Get ahead of the trend, this app is coming and it’s going to change the way we enjoy sports forever and it will be the first of it’s kind, share it with your neighbors, share it with your family, if they love sports, chances are they will love this!

Now if you are interested in becoming an affiliate of United Games and getting the opportunity to not only get ahead of the trend but earn some money while doing it, then this the route you want to go. Now let me tell you this isn’t a pyramid scheme or something wild like that, if you don’t want to be an affiliate then you don’t have to. We aren’t trying to recruit people for money, we are just offering an opportunity to earn some income based off of people just playing the game. Now when this was brought to me a few weeks ago I had my initial negative thoughts. I was told that I can become an affiliate for free, feel it out see if I like it and if I do I would have to pay a one time fee of $30 to stay an affiliate and $9.99 a month to maintain my affiliate site and if I don’t just simply cancel no harm done. Now I’m no easy person to convince to join things, so I did my own research before I agreed to sign up for anything. Now I hate selling things, I’m terrible at it, so the fact I didn’t have to sell a product and it was an app – I’m a huge tech junkie – helped me decide to really read up on it. So I did my research and found that this app could really be something special and I don’t have to pay my fee until the app launches in 4-5 weeks at the time of this writing. I figured, what can I lose? I can jump on board playing a new fantasy app and maybe earn some money while doing it. Every time you share the app and someone signs up, whether as an affiliate or a player, and starts buying or earning tokens, you get a piece of the pie, NICE! Another selling point for me was the fact that in order for you to earn income you have to fill out tax form 1099. That right there let me know it was legit. Now United Games is offering this opportunity only up until the app launches in 5 weeks. Once it goes live, the affiliate opportunity will be no longer offered. You will only be able to download and use the app.

Whether you sign up to be a player or an affiliate I can assure you that this app is going to change your sporta experience. The point of this blog is to get the word out that a Giant is coming and to offer, what I believe to be a grand opportunity to be apart of the next big thing. If you like what you heard here today feel free to drop a comment, email me (lawrence.edwards115@gmail.com) or if you got here through my Facebook link, just shoot me a DM and I will happily send you a link to be an affiliate or a free player so you will be all set to go when the app launches. Once you click the link there will be more information for you to read through to get an even better understanding. You’re going to love this!

Here is a one page info sheet you can look at to get more information. Feel free to contact me with questions.

 

Too Short

By Jamie Bailey

On August 9th, 2016 the Texas Rangers – the team with the best record in the American League and 3rd best in baseball – announced that they would have a press conference the following day.  There were grumblings that the press conference was about their injured first baseman/ designated hitter Prince Fielder. Prince had been going though a struggle on the field this year. He was hitting .212 with only 8 homers and 44 rbi’s. Far removed from his early days with the Milwaukee Brewers when he put up massive numbers and was an all-star. There were reason’s for his struggles, his neck was bothering him again. He was going to have to have surgery on his neck for the second time in 27 months. The news was far worse than the neck surgery he had on his C4 -c5 herniation’s in his neck. His career was in a loop.

The next day at his press conference Prince told the world the doctors who had performed his surgery told him he would never be medically cleared to play baseball again. His career was done at the age of 32. Prince was very emotional at his press conference  as he broke-down several times, and paused between tears. He must have been thinking why him? While I was watching the press conference I even asked; why him? At the age of 32 not even a year removed from AL Comeback Player of the year, he can no longer play the game he loves so much. This goes to show you that life isn’t fair, and tomorrow isn’t promised. Prince isn’t the first or last professional athlete whose career ended too soon.

What was truly amazing about the press conference was the amount of support the Rangers organization showed to all of the players who came to support him, and most of the front office was present. Prince seems to be a well liked guy and several of his teammates were broken up by his sudden departure from the game. Prince loves baseball, and as a fan, I hope he continues to be involved in baseball at some capacity. For now I know he’s hurting and he will probably need some time to accept his sudden fate. In the mean time I’m sure the Rangers are on a mission. 2016 season will be about one thing and one thing only; win it for Prince!