Sunday, May 1, 2016

On the Playlist

            Here's another edition of "On the Playlist", where I show you what's on my playlist!! Some songs you'll recognize, some you might not like. Anyways, check it out!!

Friday, April 29, 2016

South Side Surprise

            Most of the baseball hype in Spring Training has revolved around one Chicago team: The Cubs. Of course, the Cubbies have been everything the pundits predicted so far. The North Siders are 15-5 and are sitting pretty in first place in the NL Central. However, they're not the only team from Chicago that's doing well so far.
            Their brethren from the South Side is also perched atop their division. That's right. Even ahead of the defending World Series champions, the Kansas City Royals. In fact, the White Sox have the most wins in baseball at the moment with 16. How in the world are the White Sox doing so well early in the season?
            For starters, Jose Abreu has gotten some protection in the lineup. The White Sox picked up Todd Frazier from the Reds this offseason and it's already paying off. Frazier has six homers and 15 RBI to start the season. He isn't the only player who's been hitting well for the White Sox. Adam Eaton's been great to start the season, batting .307 with an OBP of .361 and 27 hits. Melky Cabrera has also been a solid pickup, batting .296 with a .380 OBP.
            The White Sox are also benefiting from a stellar bullpen. David Robertson has been every bit of good for the White Sox as a closer. He has eight saves out of nine opportunities so far to go with an ERA of 0.87 and a WHIP of 0.77 (He's projected for 56 saves this season). Nate Jones has also been spectacular, getting seven holds while allowing three hits. He's also posting an ERA of 0.84 and a WHIP of 0.47. Matt Albers (0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, six holds in ten games this season) has also been solid.
            However, the main story for the White Sox has been the rotation. Their starting pitching ERA is 2.94, third-best in baseball. Their team also has five shutouts, tied with Philadelphia for tops in baseball. Obviously, you know about Chris Sale (5-0, 1.66 ERA, 0.68 WHIP, 32 SO) and he hasn't disappointed this season. Other starters have done well, too. Mat Latos (4-0, 0.74 ERA, 0.82 WHIP) has been a great pickup for the White Sox and Jose Quintana (3-1, 1.47 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 32 SO) has stepped up for the White Sox.
            Could we potentially see a Windy City World Series come October? As of now, we don't know. There's still a lot of baseball to be played. However, if both of Chicago's teams keep up their terrific play, there could be a big-time match-up between the Cubs and the White Sox come fall. The ratings for this potential series will be big and so will the bragging rights.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

NFL's Worst Draft Busts

            It's the week of the NFL Draft, which means that there's going to be a lot of Mel Kiper and draft analysis on your televisions. Who will fill what needs for their teams? Who will be the breakout star as a rookie? Who will be a bust? Speaking of busts, here's a list of some of the biggest busts in the NFL.

  1. Ryan Leaf: There was a lot of talk between two quarterbacks in the 1998 draft that were going to be the next big thing(s). One was Peyton Manning. The other? Ryan Leaf, who turned out to be one of the most notorious busts in NFL history. In fact, NFL Top 10 rated him as the biggest draft bust in NFL history. He has a career completion percentage of 48.4%. He's also thrown 14 touchdowns and 36 interceptions in his short career. Then there's this outrageous, yet hilarious outburst from Ryan Leaf.
  2. Johnny Manziel: I think it's safe to say that Johnny Football's a draft bust. The former Heisman Trophy winner hasn't been able to steer away from trouble, having recently been indicted in an alleged assault of his ex-girlfriend. He's also been known to be one of the biggest party animals out there, posting photos of his escapades on his Instagram account.
  3. Akili Smith: Drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the 1999 draft (third overall), Smith has big things expected from him in Cincinnati. However, his failure to grasp the Bengals' playbook and contract disputes cut into his time with the Bengals. In his 17 games with Cincinnati, he's thrown five touchdown passes to go with 13 interceptions and a QB Rating of 52.8.
  4. Most of Cleveland's 1st Round Draft Picks Dating Back to 1999: Johnny Manziel's included in this. In that same 1999 draft, the Cleveland Browns selected Tim Couch from Kentucky. Couch played four years with Cleveland before being cut (he finished his career with 64 touchdowns and 67 interceptions). Trent Richardson (2012) hasn't been able to find any holes and can barely find work in the NFL. Brady Quinn's (2007) now a color commentator for FOX. Courtney Brown (No. 1 overall in 2000!) only played six seasons at defensive end before calling it a career. It's safe to say that Cleveland hasn't been able to work a draft successfully in the past couple decades.
  5. JaMarcus Russell: Despite finishing 21-4 in his collegiate career with LSU, Russell hadn't been able to find success in the NFL. Only playing three seasons in the NFL with Oakland, Russell's problems included weight issues, holding out on training camp, poor play, and getting arrested for possession of codeine syrup. He's tried to make an NFL comeback in recent years.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Worst Owners in Sports (NHL Edition)

            Today, we take a look at some of the worst owners in the NHL today. Not everyone can buy a hockey team and win four Stanley Cups while making the postseason for 25 straight years and turning Detroit into 'Hockeytown' the way Mike Ilitch can. So here's a salute to some of the owners that are nowhere close to the owner of the Detroit Red Wings.

  1. Sunrise Sports and Entertainment, Florida Panthers: The Florida Panthers surprised everyone by making the playoffs this year, their second playoff appearance in fifteen years. Florida was the first NHL team in history to miss the playoffs for nine consecutive seasons in one city. There are constant talks about the Panthers relocating with the team mired by a history of attendance issues. The ownership is even $99 million in the red, bleeding money from the franchise. At least they make money for every other event held in BB&T Center, though. 
  2. Josh Harris, New Jersey Devils: This once-proud franchise is also having financial problems, owing the NHL $230 million in debt at one point. The NHL is close to taking over the team, but that's not the only issue that has Devils fans seeing red. Harris landed in a helicopter in the middle of a kid's soccer game, prompting the wrath of many soccer parents in the Meadowlands. 
  3. Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Toronto Maple Leafs: It's been a looooooooooong time since the Maple Leafs last won the Stanley Cup. In fact, the Blue Jays have brought Toronto their most recent title, winning two World Series titles in the 1990s. They have only one playoff appearance in the last eleven seasons, with their only appearance being a Game 7 chokejob to the Boston Bruins. The most points the Maple Leafs have amassed in the past 11 seasons is 91 in 2006-2007... And they still missed the playoffs. Attendance is still great, but it seems that the ownership only cares about money and not winning.
Honorable Mentions: Predator Holdings LLC (Nashville Predators), Daryl Katz (Edmonton Oilers)

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Celebrating Sports' Biggest Potheads

            Today is April 20th, a holiday for weed smokers everywhere. People are firing up blunts to celebrate the non-official holiday. To commemorate this day, we take a look at some of sports' biggest joint smokers.

  1. Josh Gordon: The Cleveland Browns receiver has failed a few drug tests in his young NFL career. He's been tested for marijuana and dilute in the latest test, testing positive in two samples for both. Gordon's applied for reinstatement into the league, but he's had no luck so far. Gordon did have a great 2013 season, hauling in 87 passes for 1,646 yards and nine touchdowns.
  2. Ricky Williams: Ricky Williams isn't just known for running over 10,00 yards in his short NFL career. The former Heisman Trophy winner has been notorious for firing up a blunt every now and then. In fact, Williams is a firm believer that cannabis can help NFL players.
  3. Jordan Schafer: The former Atlanta Brave was arrested and charged in Florida for felony possession of marijuana. One noteworthy highlight of Schafer's career is that he was the 99th MLB player to hit his first career homer in his first career at-bat.
  4. Michael Phelps: You might know Phelps for winning the most gold medals in Olympic history (18) and for being one of the most recognizable swimmers ever. You might also know that he's hit the bong a couple of times. He's even acknowledged that the photo taken was real. Phelps won eight gold medals at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, topping Mark Spitz's record of seven.
  5. Usain Bolt: The fastest man in the world has broken numerous records on the track. The Olympic gold-medal sprinter has also admitted to trying weed during his time in Jamaica.Anything to slow down, I guess.
  6. Carmelo Anthony: The New York Knicks star was cited in 2004 for marijuana possession after authorities discovered weed in his travelling backpack. Anthony was also cited when his roommate was stopped for a routine traffic check. He did escape both charges, but he hasn't been able to escape the conference finals.

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Pleasant (And Unpleasant) Surprises This MLB Season

            There have been plenty of newsworthy items this season with more to come. There's also been plenty of teams who are playing well along with teams who aren't.

(Pleasant Surprise) Colorado Rockies: Led by the unlikely hero who's carving out his own 'story', the Rockies are 6-5 to start the season. SS Trevor Story (.300, seven home runs, 13 RBI) has been very impressive to start the season. Having Carlos Gonzalez (.375, four home runs, ten RBI) and Nolan Arenado (five home runs, 15 RBI) helps as well.
(Pleasant Surprise) Baltimore Orioles: Mark Trumbo (.386, five home runs, 11 RBI) and Manny Machado (.383, four home runs) are leading an Orioles lineup that is hitting the most home runs in baseball (23 home runs so far). Chris Davis (five home runs, ten RBI) has also helped in the longball barrage, earning every cent of his new contract (at least so far).
(Pleasant Surprise) Chicago White Sox: All the hype this preseason has surrounded the team from the North Side. However, the South Siders have been making some noise of their own. The Sox have started 8-4 thanks to stellar starting pitching. It's not just Chris Sale (2.35 ERA, 0.78 WHIP in three starts) that has been outstanding. Mat Latos (0.75 ERA, 0.50 WHIP in two starts) has provided immediate rotation help along with Jose Quintana and Carlos Rodon.
(Unpleasant Surprise) Houston Astros: Yes, Tyler White (.375, four home runs, 11 RBI) has been outstanding for the Astros so far. Dallas Keuchel (2-1, 2.18 ERA in three starts) hasn't lost a step from his Cy Young season last year. However, the Astros are dead last in the AL West with a record of 4-8 due to a team ERA that is 27th in baseball (4.93). The pitching's also 24th in WHIP (1.41) and 25th in opposing batting average (.273).
(Unpleasant Surprise) Minnesota Twins: What was a season filled with promise and hope has turned into a deflating reality for the Twins. Minnesota's started the season by losing their first nine games. The Twins are dead last in runs scored (25) and 26th in team batting average (.215). Joe Mauer's (.366) doing well, though!!
(Unpleasant Surprise) New York Mets: The defending NL champions haven't stormed out of the gate. They've missed Jacob DeGrom for a couple starts because DeGrom had to tend to his sick child. The Mets haven't been able to take advantage of a weak NL East, having lost four straight to the Marlins and the Phillies at one point. However, the Mets have won three of their last four.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

A Tribute to Kobe

            Today will be the last game ever for Kobe Bryant. His career averages going into his last game consists of the following:

  • 25 PPG
  • .447 field goal %
  • .330 three-point %
  • .837 free-throw %
  • 1.4 steals per game
            His achievements are endless as well. He has accomplished the following throughout his illustrious career that spans back to 1996:
  • 2008 MVP
  • 2009, 2010 NBA Finals MVP
  • Made the All-NBA First Team in the years 2002-2004 and 2006-2013 (Total of 11 times)
  • Made the All-NBA Second Team twice (2000, 2001)
  • Made the All-NBA Third Team twice (1999, 2005)
  • Made the All-Rookie Second Team in 1997
  • Made the All-Defensive First Team nine times (2000, 2003-2004, 2006-2011)
  • Made the All-Defensive Second Team three times (2001-2002 and 2012)
  • Four-time All-Star MVP (2002, 2007, 2009, 2012)
  • Five-time NBA Champ
            To salute the Black Mamba and to send him off in his next adventure, we present some of the greatest highlights of Kobe Bryant's career. Here's a tribute to one of the best players in all of basketball.