Monday, August 14, 2017

WATCH THIS: Best Touchdowns Of Recent Memory

            To commemorate the NFL regular season being just around the corner, I've compiled a hodge-podge of touchdowns that are simply awesome. Of course, these touchdowns are of recent memory and aren't from the 70's, 80's, or 90's. I don't think they're even in the 00's. Anyways, here are some pretty sick touchdowns to enjoy.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Why Isn't Kaepernick Signed Yet?

            Many people are surprised that Colin Kaepernick is still unsigned going into the middle of August. The quarterback had adequate stats as a backup for the 49ers last season, throwing for 2,241 yards, 16 touchdowns, and four interceptions in twelve games. He did fumble the ball seven times, however. Still, Kaepernick could make for a decent backup in the NFL.
            So why is Kaepernick still unsigned? Part of it is the fact that he isn't a top-tier quarterback. Yes, I just said that he has adequate stats. However, those are stats for a backup. He's also completed 59.8% of his passes in his career. He did run for 468 yards last season, making him a decent dual-threat quarterback.
            Another part of the equation is the NFL owners. However, it's not for the reason that you think. There have been plenty of coaches and players who would want Kaepernick on their team or are surprised he's still unsigned, ranging from Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh to Richard Sherman. Still, there are owners like Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti who are reluctant to take him on.
            There is a reason behind this. No, it's not that the owners are "racist", are "forming a coalition against Kaepernick", or are "bigoted". Many NFL owners fear the reaction from their fanbase and how they'll react if Kaepernick signs with their team. If you want a perfect example, take a look at when the 49ers visited Buffalo last season. NFL fans aren't exactly the most tame when it comes to their sport. Like the sport itself, NFL fans can be barbaric.
            Were Kaepernick's actions and views last season controversial? Absolutely. It added fuel to the fire of the "Black Lives Matter" debate and many other political issues. Did his actions have consequences? Absolutely. That's a part of why he's currently unemployed in the NFL.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Astros Could Use Justin Verlander

            The Houston Astros have slumped in the past couple weeks. Their rotation is in shambles with players like Lance McCuellers on the DL. Their lead in the AL is still strong, but it's slowly slipping due to teams like Cleveland and Boston winning.
            This is where Justin Verlander comes in. Don't be fooled by the 3.97 ERA; Verlander nearly no-hit the Pirates in his last start and has a 1.20 ERA for the month of August. He has allowed three earned runs or fewer in his last seven starts, striking out five or more batters in those last seven games.
            There are a couple deterring factors, such as Verlander's contract. Verlander is due $88 million in the next three seasons and there aren't many teams willing to take on that salary. Verlander is also 34 years old, so age is a big factor as well. The Tigers aren't willing to deal Verlander until the winter season rolls around. Still, the Astros need pitching. If they can make a push for Verlander, they should make a strong push for him now.

Photo courtesy of Sporting News

Monday, August 7, 2017

Can Sam Darnold Become A Successful NFL Quarterback From USC?

            The USC Trojans have an illustrious football program. It's rich with history involving national championships, Rose Bowl victories and various alumni becoming NFL legends. However, it seems that after Carson Palmer, the Trojans haven't produced a quality NFL quarterback. Matt Leinart burned out from all the partying he did, Matt Barkley became a de facto backup, and this happened to Mark Sanchez and his career:
Photo courtesy of NY Daily News

            But there seems to be a new hope in the air for USC quarterbacks in Sam Darnold. The sophomore had 3,086 passing yards, 31 passing touchdowns, and nine interceptions in his freshman year. Darnold completed 67.2% of his passes and had a rating of 161.1.
            So why is Darnold different from previous USC quarterbacks? For one, Darnold is touted as a quarterback with quality playmaking skills. He has a great arm and is a big quarterback as well. Scouts tout Darnold's ability to read the entire field and how he's extraordinarily well in red zone situations. His throwing ability includes being able to fit the ball into tight spots and adding a touch of explosion. s touted as a quarterback with quality playmaking skills. He has a great arm and is a big quarterback as well. Scouts tout Darnold's ability to read the entire field and how he's extraordinarily well in red zone situations. His throwing ability includes being able to fit the ball into tight spots and adding a touch of explosion.
            There are some concerns about Darnold's delivery, for it is a long one. Darnold also has ball security issues and can be careless at times. However, these mechanics can be worked on and aren't even that big of a deal (His release is quick).
            Carson Palmer was the No. 1 overall pick after his illustrious career with the Trojans. After that, the Trojans haven't produced a quality starting quarterback in the NFL. This has quietly floated around the NFL for quite a bit and not many people have noticed. Sam Darnold might be able to change that narrative some time in the future.

Photo courtesy of OC Register

Sunday, August 6, 2017

The Angels Aren't Doing Mike Trout Any Favors

            Mike Trout is a once-in-a-generation player. The six-time MLB All Star is a five-tool player who can give almost any team he plays on a fighting chance. He's a two-time MVP with a .308 BA, 992 hits, 188 home runs, 544 RBIs, and 155 stolen bases. He's also a five-time recipient of the Silver Slugger Award and was the first player in MLB history to hit 30 homers, steal 45 bases, and score 125 runs in a single season. With all the talk around Bryce Harper wanting $300 million and more, Trout is the only MLB player who deserves that kind of money.
            There seems to be one problem with Trout; he doesn't look to be in a position to win a World Series anytime soon. That's not Trout's fault, mainly due to many issues that the Los Angeles Angels have as an organization right now. However, if he wants to avoid becoming the hitter equivalent of Felix Hernandez, it'd be in his best interest to either take his talents elsewhere or for the Angels' organization to change their ways.
             One big problem the Angels have as an organization is a barren farm system. The Angels only had one prospect ranked in's Top 101 prospects near the beginning of spring training (Outfielder Jahmai Jones) and don't have any ranked in's current Top 100. They also don't have any Top Ten international prospects ranked according to Baseball America. There doesn't seem to be any help on the horizon for Trout, whose team seems to be stuck in win-now mode despite not having a winning team.
            Another major problem is the bad contracts. The Angels were saddled with not one, but two bad contracts. They gave an aging Albert Pujols a ten-year, $240 million contract loaded with perks and paid Josh Hamilton $26 million to play for the Texas Rangers. Loading up on payroll for just two players (More importantly, the wrong players) can hurt a team like the Angels from doing anything significant with the likes of Trout.
            It seems that there's no end in sight for the Angels regarding their current situation. Barring a dramatic shakeup in the front office, the Angels will be wasting Mike Trout's most valuable years. A player like Mike Trout deserves to have his career capped off with at least one World Series title and the Angels aren't helping out a lot.

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Saturday, August 5, 2017

WATCH THIS: Upper Deck Shots

            The home run is an impressive feat of power. One mighty swing of the bat can send the ball sailing over the fence. But what happens when a ball is sent into higher places? Pure power and magic. Here's some highlights of some massive home runs.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Best NFL Names

            What goes in a name? That's a good question. There are some unusual names out in the world, some of which make you wonder what the hell that child's parents were thinking. Granted, that's not the case; some names are from different origins (But their names still sound cool). Some of them share the same names as other celebrities! Anyways, here are some of the best names out there in the NFL. Every team is represented in this.

Arizona Cardinals:
Ironhead Gallon
Cap Capi
Atlanta Falcons:
Mohamed Sanu
Baltimore Ravens:
Tyus Bowser
Boseko Lokombo
Buffalo Bills:
Bacarri Rambo
Carolina Panthers:
Captain Munnerlyn
Chicago Bears:
Prince Amukamara
Cincinnati Bengals:
Bene Benwikere
C.J. Uzomah
Cleveland Browns:
Larry Ogunjobi
Dallas Cowboys:
EZ Nwachukwu
Xavier Woods (NEW! DAY ROCKS!)
Denver Broncos:
Aqib Talib
Detroit Lions:
Golden Tate
Green Bay Packers:
Herb Waters
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
Houston Texans:
Dee Virgin
Eddie Pleasant
Indianapolis Colts:
Barkevious Mingo
Jacksonville Jaguars:
I'Tavius Mathers
Tueni Lupeamanu
Paul Posluszny
Kansas City Chiefs:
Damien Mama
Tanoh Kpassagnon
Los Angeles Chargers
Forrest Lamp
Charmeachealle Moore
Los Angeles Rams:
Pharoh Cooper
Miami Dolphins:
Damore'ea Stringfellow
Storm Johnson
Minnesota Vikings:
Chunky Clements
New England Patriots:
James O'Shaughnessy
New Orleans Saints:
Max Unger
Michael Hoomanawanui
New York Giants:
Orleans Darkwa
Nigel Tribune
New York Jets:
Lucky Whitehead
Oakland Raiders:
Pharoah Brown
Eddie Vanderdoes
Philadelphia Eagles:
Halapoulivaati Vaitai
Pittsburgh Steelers:
Juju Smith-Schuster
San Francisco 49ers:
C.J. Beathard
Noble Nwachukwu
Pita Taumoepenu
Prince Charles Iworah
Seattle Seahawks:
Jordan Roos
Mike Tyson
Tampa Bay Buccaneers:
Bryan Anger
Tennessee Titans:
Adore'e Jackson
Washington Redskins:
Ziggy Hood
Jeremy Sprinkle
Brian Quick
James Quick

Blending Buddy

             Welcome to another edition of "Blending Buddy", where I show you how to make a healthy smoothie to kickstart your day!! I put together tasty recipes to blend together so you can give your health a boost. Today's edition is the "Exotic Jungle".

  • Two handfuls of blueberries
  • 1/2 kiwi
  • 1 kale leaf
  • Splash of apple cider vinegar
  • Swipe of coconut oil
  • 1 banana
  • 1 carrot, chopped up
           Apple cider vinegar is said to be a good cleanser of your system. If your digestive tracts and body feel like junk, put some apple cider vinegar in. However, use moderation because apple cider vinegar has a strong taste to it. Coconut oil is great for freshening up your skin, but should also be used in moderation.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Why Roman Reigns Will Suck As The "Face" Of The WWE

            The WWE is going through a transitional phase. Their current face of the company, John Cena, is already 40 years old and won't be wrestling for much longer. Cena has made numerous appearances in pop culture, ranging from hosting TV shows (American Grit) to appearing in movies (Train Wreck). Many WWE fans made it a habit of booing the Boston superstar because of his "Five Moves of Doom" and the fact that he was always a nice guy.
            Now, I'm not one of those people. To me, John Cena knew how to work a mic. From his days rapping as "The Doctor of Thuganomics" to his current incarnation, Cena can entertain the crowd with fluent charisma and hard-hitting promos. That's a big part of why I was such a big fan of John Cena. His charisma factor was off the charts.
            The same can't be said for the wrestler WWE's trying to heavily push: Roman Reigns.
            Of course, Reigns is a big body Vince McMahon craves. He's an intimidating presence in the ring and fits the bill for what McMahon's looking for to head the company's roster in the future. However, his promos are boring. Aside from his "SUFFERIN' SUCCOTASH" promo, which was okay, he generally doesn't bring anything to the table other than how he's the "Big Dog" and "This Is His Yard". John Cena was able to connect with a younger audience with values of "Hustle, Loyalty, and Respect" and to "Never Give Up". Reigns will have plenty of time to develop some values (And mic skills). But at the current rate, it seems like Reigns will have a hard time with such issues.
            Like Cena, Reigns is also a victim of the "Five Moves of Doom" mantra. However, today's pro wrestlers (At least in the WWE level) have become accustomed to having a limited moveset. They get locked into prototypical matches with opponents and whip out their bread and butter before either winning or losing.
            Now who can make a better "face" of the WWE than Roman Reigns the way The Rock, Stone Cold, Cena, and Hogan were? One person is Triple H protégé, Seth Rollins. Rollins has some solid wrestling moves and can cut a mic promo. If COO Triple H finally gets to fully owning the company, don't be surprised if Rollins gets his call. Other superstars like AJ Styles and Bray Wyatt are always entertaining (Although Styles' age may be a problem). There are also plenty of NXT superstars that Triple H loves that could make a good company "face". But why just limit it to one person? The young crop of talent is pretty entertaining and could bring the company back to prominence.
           Roman Reigns has plenty of time to make WWE fans respect him. After all, he has held every title other than the Intercontinental Championship and the Universal Championship (That should change very soon). However, I'm not really amused by Reigns and probably won't pay much attention to the WWE unless a ground-breaking superstar comes around and changes the landscape.

On The Playlist

            Here's the latest edition of "On the Playlist", where I show you what's playing on my playlist! Check it out!!