All Star Beef

Imagine that months after your nasty breakup, you have to work with your ex and her new boyfriend. If this doesn’t describe the situation Russell Westbrook will face with Kevin Durant and his new Warriors teammates at the All Star game, then I don’t know what does.  

After months of painfully awkward shunning off the court, and trash talking on the court, the former teammates must reunite for the All Star game on Feb.19. It’ll be interesting to see how Westbrook will coexist with Durant and his teammates from the Golden State Warriors, but it will also be cool to see them back together again. 

While most of the media may hype this reunion as a potential fight night, I see this happening one of two ways:

A.) Westbrook and Durant will “play nice” with each other, meaning they will work with each other on the court, then act like they don’t know each other once they get to the bench. Expect to see shots of Westbrook sitting far away from Durant on the bench, no handshakes between the two, and trolling from Durant’s Warrior teammates.

B.) They shock the world, and act like the brothers they were in OKC, proving that they were trolling the world with their previous encounters. Or at least put up a good facade of still being on good terms.

Either way, the All Star game will be must see TV to see how Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant will work with each other after Durant joined one of the Thunder’s biggest rivals in the west.


One of the GOATS

As much as I honestly hated to see it happen, I knew it was going to happen. The Patriots captured their 5th Super Bowl and Tom Brady further solidified his status as one of the greatest to ever step foot on the field.

Unlike many people, I won’t go as far as saying he’s THE greatest of all time, especially if it’s for winning five Super Bowls because Charles Haley did that a long time ago. But I have to admit, what Brady did on Sunday was legendary. Many thought the Patriots were down and out after Brady threw a pick-6, and they were down 28-3. But for the Patriots to come back, force the first ever overtime in the Super Bowl and win is nothing short of legendary.

While I won’t be quick to say that Brady is the single greatest player in NFL history yet, I will give the title of the greatest QB-coach duo to him and Bill Belichick. Since Belichick became head coach of the Patriots, they have gone on to win 5 out of 7 Super Bowls, win the AFC East 14 times, and win 9 conference championships, all with Tom Brady under center. These two were even on the brink of having the first 19-0 season until the Giants ruined that back in ’08.

All in all, I have to give it to the Patriots. As much as I (along with 90% of America) wanted to see them collapse after Brady was suspended for the first four games of the season, they pushed through and made another Super Bowl run. Now the question is, will there ever be another duo that can dominate the NFL like Belichick and Brady have over the last decade?

Sir Charles vs. King James

50 Cent might want to add this match up to the Chris Brown vs. Soulja Boy card in March: Charles Barkley vs. LeBron James.

LeBron made headlines recently for saying that the Cavs need to add a playmaker to their team already loaded with playmakers. Charles Barkley, never one to bite his tongue, called out James for whining and being inappropriate. LeBron would soon fire back in an uncharacteristic way by calling Barkley a hater and saying “Screw him.”

I understand where Barkley is coming from, he of all people should not speak on LeBron’s situation considering the fact that he has never come off a championship season. But LeBron is just coming off a championship, surrounded by stars like Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love, along with a strong supporting cast. Not to mention, they just acquired a sharpshooter in Kyle Korver, so I don’t really see why LeBron is complaining about needing another player. Besides, this is the team LeBron built, so he can’t really get mad about not having good enough players when he was the one that helped bring them all together. The moment he rejoined the Cavs, he pushed them to go out a get guys like Kevin Love, J.R. Smith, and Iman Shumpert. I understand that the Cavaliers ‘ recent slide has been frustrating for him, but he’s not making the slide any better by publically complaining about the team’s supposed lack of playmakers. I’m sure LeBron is not a selfish player, but sometimes he can be inconsiderate.



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Change Locations

Free agency has come early in the NFL this year, but of players switching teams, teams are switching cities.

Following in the footsteps of the Rams move to Los Angeles, the Chargers decided to move up the California coast to Hollywood. Now recently, the Raiders filed relocation papers to move to Sin City and give Las Vegas their first NFL franchise.

In some of the situations, the teams have tried working with their cities to reach a deal to keep their franchises in those cities. Some of these moves make sense, while others leave fans scratching their heads.

One of the moves that have people confused was the Chargers move to L.A. First of, what sense does it make to move from San Diego, California to Los Angeles, California? If they wanted to move, they should’ve pushed harder to go to Las Vegas or one of the other cities available for teams to relocate to. Within 24 hours of the Chargers moving to Los Angeles, they were met with criticism from fans from San Diego, L.A. and everywhere else. And how is moving from a city with a 70,000+ stadium to a city with a 30,000 capacity stadium and a fan base that could care less about them an improvement?

The Raiders possible move to Las Vegas is becoming more and more of a reality with each passing month. This move is bittersweet because it’s good to see the Raiders getting the home they deserve and it would be cool for fans to be able to go to an NFL game and then gamble away all of their life savings within miles of each other. Then again, for the residents of Oakland, it has to suck that once you can finally be proud to root for their home team, their team is going to find a home in another city.

In the end, while some cities will lose their teams, and others gain teams, the real winner in all of this is the greed of the NFL. While some newly located teams will have to find ways to fill their stadiums with new fans, NFL execs will continue to fill their pockets with revenue no matter where these teams move.

Winds of Change

On Monday night, we all witnessed as the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide to win their first national championship since 1981. It was a monumental game for viewers, a monumental win for Clemson’s football program, and marked a potential change in power over college football.

In their win over a perennial powerhouse like Alabama, Clemson proved to the world that they are the best in college football. Dabo Swinney built Clemson into a contender and he has finally led them to the promised land. Deshaun Watson’s performance throughout the season, especially in the title game, has had a huge impact on Clemson’s rise to the top of the college football world. After being snubbed for the Heisman, Watson only got better and proved he was the best player in college football right now.

Although Watson is on his way to the NFL, Clemson still has a very good chance of keeping their spot on top of the NCAA. After successfully recruiting 5-star quarterback Trevor Lawrence, Clemson can further cement their hold on college football for the future.

So with Clemson now on top, the power has not only shifted from Alabama to them, but the power has also shifted from the SEC to the ACC. If you look past Alabama, the SEC hasn’t been doing so hot lately. Teams that used to be near the top like LSU, South Carolina, Auburn, and Florida has since fallen off (South Carolina fell off so badly that Steve Spurrier didn’t want to coach anymore). After Alabama lost the championship game, the SEC’s time on top has officially ended. Meanwhile in the ACC if you look past Clemson, you will see surging teams like Louisville, Virginia Tech, and Florida State. Not to mention that the ACC went 9-3 in bowl games this year including Clemson’s win over ‘Bama in the national championship game.

It’s clear that things have changed in college football. Once gripped by the SEC, college football now belongs to the conference that was once thought of as only being good for basketball. Clemson, along with the rest of the ACC, have had to climb for a long time in football, and now at long last, they have reached the mountaintop.


Tampa Showdown: Alabama v. Clemson II

Round two, here we go!

Two will go toe to toe as the Alabama Crimson Tide face off against the Clemson Tigers. Last year, the world watched as these two went blow for blow in the national title game and Alabama came out on top. This year, we will be getting the same matchup in the same game, but there is a difference this time around.

For Clemson, they will come into this game better and hungrier than before. The Tigers will not only look to avenge last season’s loss to Alabama, they have something to prove in this game. They look to prove to the rest of the college football world that they are a force to be reckoned with along with the rest of ACC. They also want to help get coach Dabo Swinney the credit he deserves for building Clemson into the top-5 team they are now.

For Alabama, they look to keep their vice grip on college football and continue to bring the hardware back to Tuscaloosa. This is another chance for Nick Saban to add to his historic resume with the Crimson Tide.

Expect to see a shootout when these two teams play on the 9th. I think this will be a closely contested game, but not as good as last year’s game (Most of the time sequels suck anyway). I just think that Alabama will not put up as many points as they did in last year’s game due to the play calling by Lane Kiffin in the weeks leading up to the game not to mention the last minute change of offensive coordinators from Kiffin to Steve Sarkisian. On the other side, Clemson has been impressive on both sides of the ball. DeShaun Watson and Clemson’s offense has been lighting it up, and their defense has been stout. The Tigers made a huge statement in their blowout win over Urban Meyer’s Ohio State Buckeyes, while Alabama’s offense didn’t impress much in their win over Washington.

In the end, I think that Clemson has more to play for in this game. Not mention that Alabama doesn’t seem as dominant as they were earlier this year. I have Clemson winning this one 35-27.

Still Fishing

After former running back Eric Dickerson criticized current Rams head coach Jeff Fisher and vowed to not go to another Rams game until Jeff Fisher is gone, the Los Angeles Rams extended Jeff Fisher’s contract for the next two years. As a result of this, it looks like there won’t be any Eric Dickerson sightings at any Rams home games for the next two seasons at least.

This is a very head scratching move by the Rams. I don’t understand how you can continue to coach your team to four going on five straight 7-9 or below seasons and still keep your job. So the fact that Fisher still got a 2-year contract extension while his team is on the verge of missing the playoffs for fifth year in a row is shocking to say the least.

Don’t get me wrong, Jeff Fisher was a good coach…was. During his tenure with the Tennessee Titans (He began when the Titans were still the Houston Oilers) Fisher led the Titans to multiple postseason appearances. But ever since he started coaching the Rams, it just seems like he can’t find a way to put them over the edge. In one instance, I believe the Rams should just move on from Fisher and target other coaching options such as New England’s defensive coordinator  Matt Patricia.

But I also think I see what the Rams see in Fisher. In Fisher’s first five seasons as head coach for the Oilers/Titans, his teams usually finished the season at 8-8 (.500). Then in his sixth year, the Titans exploded to a 13-3 record and if Kevin Dyson wasn’t tackled one yard short of the goal line, Jeff Fisher would have been a champion. So it is understandable that the Rams might be patient,in hopes that Fisher will coach them to a Super Bowl appearance and hopefully a Super Bowl victory.

But only time will tell how smart of a move this extension was for the Rams. With Jared Goff in the wings and other weapons surrounding him, it might be possible that the Rams can build a contender in the years to come.

It’s Dak’s Team Now

Cowboys and Packers players run to the center of the field to greet each other as the final seconds of the game wind down to zero. After another impressive performance, Cowboys rookie quarterback Dak Prescott is greeted by reporters. Meanwhile, Cowboys owner Jerry Jones walks from his luxury box, knowing that this upcoming week he will be bombarded with the billion dollar question in Dallas now: “What are you going to do when Tony Romo is healthy?”

While Jones has already said that Romo will start once he’s healthy, that was before the impressive wins over Washington, Chicago, San Fransico and Cincinnati. Even after those games, Jerry Jones and Dak Prescott have said that this is still Tony Romo’s team. But after this crushing win over the Packers at Lambeau, it might be time to officially hand the keys over to Dak.

Dak Prescott has been on a record-setting pace as he broke Tom Brady’s record for most completions to begin a career at 177 before throwing his first career interception. Prescott has shown the Cowboys that they can win with him as he has led them to a 5-1 record heading into the bye week. Dak has been praised for his poise and patience as a rookie and has proven to us why he deserves to keep the starting job over Romo.

Of course, we all know how talented Tony Romo is and when he’s healthy he’s one of the best QBs in the league. However, there’s no denying that Dak Prescott has been playing like a franchise quarterback and his time should come soon rather than later. Not to mention that there are some huge risks be taking Prescott out in favor for Romo.

Prescott is one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league now, and his chemistry with the rest of the players is flowing right now. If you take Prescott out, you risk messing up the flow of that team chemistry. You could also risk creating a divide in the locker room by choosing someone who only played in four games last year over someone who currently has the team on a five-game winning streak going into the bye. And why would you take Prescott out; if he is playing this well now, he can only get better from here. He’s a very accurate passer who also has the ability to kill defenses with his feet, an asset that Romo cannot utilize as much due to him being so fragile.

The best option for the Cowboys would be to let Prescott play for the rest of the season (including playoffs if they make it) and if he starts to play poorly, put Romo back in. But there’s no need to put Romo in now if Prescott is out here playing like a 10-year, Pro Bowl vet. And besides, if the Cowboys really wanted Romo back and fully healthy, they should let him rest the rest of the season so he can probably come back next year stronger than ever.


Action Jackson

At the beginning of the college football season, we thought we knew who would be in the running for the Heisman trophy. We were thinking Deshaun Watson, Christian McCaffery, and Leonard Fournette. But since the start of the season, Louisville QB Lamar Jackson has been taking college football by storm and everyone is getting caught in his wake.

Jackson has skyrocketed to the top of the college football world, racking up 1625 passing yards with a completion percentage of 59.4 and 14 touchdowns in the air. Meanwhile, he’s been tearing it up on the ground with 688 yards with an average of 7.2 yards per carry and 14 touchdowns. He has 28 total touchdowns in just five weeks of action, which is why he is known as the touchdown machine.

His play has captured the attention of fans and players alike, even getting critical acclaim from former Virginia Tech quarterback Michael Vick. Even in a lost last week to fellow Heisman hopeful Deshaun Watson and the Clemson Tigers, Lamar Jackson put up impressive numbers. In the loss, Jackson threw for 295 yards, a touchdown, a pick, and 162 yards on the ground and 2 touchdowns.

Lamar Jackson is on pace to set historic NCAA records this season. With plenty of time left this season, Jackson can continue to prove his case for the Heisman trophy. And since he’s a sophomore, he has time to prove he’s worth a 1st round draft pick in a future NFL draft.


Romo’s Days Numbered?


Coming off a collarbone injury from last season, Tony Romo has looked sharp so far this preseason. In the time he has played this preseason, Romo is 5 for 6 in passing attempts, and has thrown for a total of 60 yards but no touchdowns. On Thursday night, however, Romo’s time was cut short with a back injury that gave Cowboys fans flashbacks of the tumultuous 2015 season. After Romo was forced to sit out the rest of the game, rookie sensation Dak Prescott came in and lit it up for the third week in a row. Prescott went 17 for 23 in passing attempts with 116 yards, one touchdown, and a QB rating of 99.2 during his time against the Seahawks. With the 4th round rookie playing at a surprisingly high level, he has managed to turn everyone’s heads towards his play and away from Romo’s return. Cowboys Nation can’t get enough off Dak Prescott, and with the potential Prescott has, could Tony Romo’s days as the face of America’s Team be numbered?

Asking that question may seem a little overboard considering it’s only the preseason, but given some of the circumstances, it could be a good question and a very real possibility. Romo hasn’t played a full season since 2012 due to back and collarbone injuries. Last season he went down with a collarbone injury twice and the Cowboys went 1-11 in games without him. While there is no doubt that when Romo is healthy, he plays at an elite level, it has to suck that after every single sack or hit he takes, you have to hold your breath and pray that he hasn’t broken into a million pieces. Eventually, you’re going to want to put in a guy that can play at a high level, win games and can stay healthy, and Prescott might be that guy. There’s a good chance that if Romo went down again and Prescott continues to play at a high level, he could take Romo’s job right up from under him.

Tony Romo has to find a way to stay healthy if he wants to remain the starter for the Cowboys. While Romo has been taking baby steps to get back from his injury, Dak Prescott has amazed many people with his accuracy, poise in the pocket and running ability. With this only being his rookie year, Prescott still has a lot of room to grow and become even better. If Romo’s recent injury is serious, Prescott will be thrown it the fire sooner than expected. And if Prescott can continue to go out there and light it up and help the Cowboys win games, we could see even less of Tony Romo than we already see now.