Roberto Ruiz
Kyrie Irving Wants out of LeBron’s Shadow

In 2014 Kyrie Irving, the biggest star in Cleveland sports at the time who had just signed a 5 year extension to remain with the Cavaliers, was just as shocked as everyone else when LeBron James announced that he would sign with the Cavaliers and “come home”. Kyrie was 22 at the time and was the face of the post-LeBron Cavalier franchise; his “Uncle Drew” videos had been incredibly popular and he was just starting to be regarded as the best 1-on-1 player in the league. What many don’t understand or simply don’t know about Kyrie is that he wants to be The Man. He never asked to be the Pippen to LeBron’s Jordan because he always wanted to be Jordan. He has proven to be much more similar to Kobe Bryant than Michael Jordan. Reports have swirled that Kyrie is jealous of other young point guards like John Wall and Damian Lillard, players who are the stars of their respective franchises and are treated as such. The irony in that situation is that both Wall and Lillard have never gotten close to the NBA Finals. Kyrie wants to be catered to, he wants to be the man that the…

In 2014 Kyrie Irving, the biggest star in Cleveland sports at the time who had just signed a 5 year extension to remain with the Cavaliers, was just as shocked as everyone else when LeBron James announced that he would sign with the Cavaliers and “come home”. Kyrie was 22 at the time and was the face of the post-LeBron Cavalier franchise; his “Uncle Drew” videos had been incredibly popular and he was just starting to be regarded as the best 1-on-1 player in the league. What many don’t understand or simply don’t know about Kyrie is that he wants to be The Man. He never asked to be the Pippen to LeBron’s Jordan because he always wanted to be Jordan. He has proven to be much more similar to Kobe Bryant than Michael Jordan. Reports have swirled that Kyrie is jealous of other young point guards like John Wall and Damian Lillard, players who are the stars of their respective franchises and are treated as such. The irony in that situation is that both Wall and Lillard have never gotten close to the NBA Finals. Kyrie wants to be catered to, he wants to be the man that the…

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Brewers Begin to Unravel

Ah, yes. Their fans knew it was coming, the organization knew it was coming, but none of that makes the unraveling any easier. Four games after the mid-season break and the Brewers have watched their first place lead in the NL Central shrink from 5.5 games to 1.5. The Chicago Cubs, given a shot of new life after acquiring Jose Quintana from the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox, have been firing on all cylinders since returning from the break, while the Brewers have found new ways to lose games. The fallback to reality was inevitable, but it doesn’t make the ground feel any softer when we land on it. When the Brewers first took the lead in the NL Central race in May there was some soft grumblings about how this team wasn’t very good but had just had a winning streak early on. Then, as they continued to win, the fans began to shake their heads in disbelief, having been tricked by these Brewers before and refusing to start believing when it was only June. Then the calendar flipped to July and the Cubs were still struggling while the Brewers were maintaining a decent lead in the standings. As…

Ah, yes. Their fans knew it was coming, the organization knew it was coming, but none of that makes the unraveling any easier. Four games after the mid-season break and the Brewers have watched their first place lead in the NL Central shrink from 5.5 games to 1.5. The Chicago Cubs, given a shot of new life after acquiring Jose Quintana from the crosstown rival Chicago White Sox, have been firing on all cylinders since returning from the break, while the Brewers have found new ways to lose games. The fallback to reality was inevitable, but it doesn’t make the ground feel any softer when we land on it. When the Brewers first took the lead in the NL Central race in May there was some soft grumblings about how this team wasn’t very good but had just had a winning streak early on. Then, as they continued to win, the fans began to shake their heads in disbelief, having been tricked by these Brewers before and refusing to start believing when it was only June. Then the calendar flipped to July and the Cubs were still struggling while the Brewers were maintaining a decent lead in the standings. As…

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Can the Brewers Keep This Up?

Year 2 of the David Stearns rebuilding project has gone better than anybody could have predicted. The first year was always going to be a year in which the Brewers would finish near the bottom of the standings, but the second year is only supposed to see a slight uptick in the standings for rebuilding baseball teams. Except General Manager Stearns has proven that he doesn’t need that much time to build a team competing for the playoffs. After an offseason filled with a few relatively unknown signings (his biggest acquisition was Eric Thames who had most recently been playing in Korea), this Brewers team is sitting comfortably atop the standings of the NL Central. Travis Shaw, Corey Knebel, and Jimmy Nelson all should be representing the Brewers in the upcoming All-Star game, but Nelson and Shaw were the odd men out after each team was given its all-star representative. Shaw has been hitting near .300 for the season and has been a major coup after he was acquired from the Boston Red Sox, along with a few other players, for reliever Tyler Thornburg. Thornburg has yet to put on the Red Sox jersey after being forced to the disabled…

Year 2 of the David Stearns rebuilding project has gone better than anybody could have predicted. The first year was always going to be a year in which the Brewers would finish near the bottom of the standings, but the second year is only supposed to see a slight uptick in the standings for rebuilding baseball teams. Except General Manager Stearns has proven that he doesn’t need that much time to build a team competing for the playoffs. After an offseason filled with a few relatively unknown signings (his biggest acquisition was Eric Thames who had most recently been playing in Korea), this Brewers team is sitting comfortably atop the standings of the NL Central. Travis Shaw, Corey Knebel, and Jimmy Nelson all should be representing the Brewers in the upcoming All-Star game, but Nelson and Shaw were the odd men out after each team was given its all-star representative. Shaw has been hitting near .300 for the season and has been a major coup after he was acquired from the Boston Red Sox, along with a few other players, for reliever Tyler Thornburg. Thornburg has yet to put on the Red Sox jersey after being forced to the disabled…

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Mayweather vs McGregor

The fight of the decade has been set, with Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor agreeing to compete in a boxing match on August 26th, 2017. Each man has his distinguished advantages, though the consensus currently stands on the side of Mayweather. The bout as currently constructed will be the man who has never been in a professional boxing match versus the man who has never lost a professional boxing match. Let’s delve a bit deeper into each man’s advantages and the style that they bring to the table. Floyd Mayweather retired for a second time in 2015 after defeating Andre Berto. His retirement, announced in ring at the conclusion of the fight, was not a surprise. Mayweather is widely considered the best pound for pound boxer to ever step into the ring. His defensive style frustrates fans and opponents alike, often leading to 12 round decisions instead of knockouts. Mayweather relies on counter punches and keeping the distance between him and his opponent exactly where it needs to be to force the opponent to throw punches that will never land forcefully. With a 49-0 professional record, Mayweather has been a force for over a decade in the boxing world and…

The fight of the decade has been set, with Floyd Mayweather and Conor McGregor agreeing to compete in a boxing match on August 26th, 2017. Each man has his distinguished advantages, though the consensus currently stands on the side of Mayweather. The bout as currently constructed will be the man who has never been in a professional boxing match versus the man who has never lost a professional boxing match. Let’s delve a bit deeper into each man’s advantages and the style that they bring to the table. Floyd Mayweather retired for a second time in 2015 after defeating Andre Berto. His retirement, announced in ring at the conclusion of the fight, was not a surprise. Mayweather is widely considered the best pound for pound boxer to ever step into the ring. His defensive style frustrates fans and opponents alike, often leading to 12 round decisions instead of knockouts. Mayweather relies on counter punches and keeping the distance between him and his opponent exactly where it needs to be to force the opponent to throw punches that will never land forcefully. With a 49-0 professional record, Mayweather has been a force for over a decade in the boxing world and…

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Ode to King Felix

Last weeks column was about a Hernandez that brought grief and shame to the Latino community, but this week we applaud Felix Hernandez, pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. Appropriately dubbed “King Felix” by his followers, his career was glorious and quiet while he wasted his talents pitching for an inept franchise. Felix is still a beloved member of the Mariners, but it is clear he is no longer the royalty he once was. Felix Hernandez is pitching in his 13th season with the Mariners; a professional baseball career that he began at the age of 19. After his debut season, he joined the pitching corps at the age of 20 as a full timer, and thus began his string of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 30 starts, 190 innings, and 165 strikeouts. During his prime he was a guaranteed 200 inning/strikeout guy, with an ERA in the 2’s. Every season he would go out to the mound 30+ times, perform, dominate, and win baseball games 2-1. His team gave him minimal run support and he never complained. Contending teams would call the Mariners seeking a trade to acquire King Felix, and the Mariners would blow them off. In his…

Last weeks column was about a Hernandez that brought grief and shame to the Latino community, but this week we applaud Felix Hernandez, pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. Appropriately dubbed “King Felix” by his followers, his career was glorious and quiet while he wasted his talents pitching for an inept franchise. Felix is still a beloved member of the Mariners, but it is clear he is no longer the royalty he once was. Felix Hernandez is pitching in his 13th season with the Mariners; a professional baseball career that he began at the age of 19. After his debut season, he joined the pitching corps at the age of 20 as a full timer, and thus began his string of 10 consecutive seasons with at least 30 starts, 190 innings, and 165 strikeouts. During his prime he was a guaranteed 200 inning/strikeout guy, with an ERA in the 2’s. Every season he would go out to the mound 30+ times, perform, dominate, and win baseball games 2-1. His team gave him minimal run support and he never complained. Contending teams would call the Mariners seeking a trade to acquire King Felix, and the Mariners would blow them off. In his…

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Aaron Hernandez Acquitted, Found Dead

One of the most bizarre stories in the sports world over the last three years took a final downward turn this week when Aaron Hernandez, former Patriots tight end, was found dead in his prison cell of apparent suicide. Even though his family is requesting a full investigation into his death and they are unwilling to rule it a suicide at this time, the evidence will likely prove that Hernandez took his own life while serving his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Before Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder in 2013 after his sister’s fiancé was found dead within a mile of his house, I remember him as somebody I was glad played in the NFL. He was a Latino football player, something that isn’t exactly in abundance in today’s NFL. I remember thinking he would be a good role model for young Latinos who chose to focus on football instead of other sports, but boy was I wrong. The reality was that he wasn’t a good man, let alone a decent role model. No matter his fame and fortune, he couldn’t get himself to be an upstanding human being, and that’s just too bad. Hernandez…

One of the most bizarre stories in the sports world over the last three years took a final downward turn this week when Aaron Hernandez, former Patriots tight end, was found dead in his prison cell of apparent suicide. Even though his family is requesting a full investigation into his death and they are unwilling to rule it a suicide at this time, the evidence will likely prove that Hernandez took his own life while serving his life sentence for the murder of Odin Lloyd. Before Hernandez was arrested and charged with murder in 2013 after his sister’s fiancé was found dead within a mile of his house, I remember him as somebody I was glad played in the NFL. He was a Latino football player, something that isn’t exactly in abundance in today’s NFL. I remember thinking he would be a good role model for young Latinos who chose to focus on football instead of other sports, but boy was I wrong. The reality was that he wasn’t a good man, let alone a decent role model. No matter his fame and fortune, he couldn’t get himself to be an upstanding human being, and that’s just too bad. Hernandez…

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Sergio García Wins Masters

After 74 attempts at winning a major golf tournament, Sergio Garcia finally broke through his mental barriers and won the biggest event of them all: The Masters. To don the green jacket was something that at one time seemed like an absolute certainty, but over time his star faded and he was labeled as a “choker” instead of a golfing great. Though he had moments that made fans shake their heads in sheer disbelief last weekend, he had many moments that made them jump for joy as well, and in the end it was those moments that prevailed. Believe it or not, when the 37 year old Garcia was young he was assumed to be the European answer to Tiger Woods. His talent never quite took the next step, though, and he quickly fell by the wayside as other golfers put their tools together to further grow their stars while Garcia’s dimmed. García was finally able to put it all together, and after trading the lead back and forth with Justin Rose all day he finally wrestled it away when he needed to, on the first playoff hole after finishing tied with Rose after 72 holes. Ignoring the fact that…

After 74 attempts at winning a major golf tournament, Sergio Garcia finally broke through his mental barriers and won the biggest event of them all: The Masters. To don the green jacket was something that at one time seemed like an absolute certainty, but over time his star faded and he was labeled as a “choker” instead of a golfing great. Though he had moments that made fans shake their heads in sheer disbelief last weekend, he had many moments that made them jump for joy as well, and in the end it was those moments that prevailed. Believe it or not, when the 37 year old Garcia was young he was assumed to be the European answer to Tiger Woods. His talent never quite took the next step, though, and he quickly fell by the wayside as other golfers put their tools together to further grow their stars while Garcia’s dimmed. García was finally able to put it all together, and after trading the lead back and forth with Justin Rose all day he finally wrestled it away when he needed to, on the first playoff hole after finishing tied with Rose after 72 holes. Ignoring the fact that…

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Bucks Getting Hot at the Right Time

There is something about this team, these young Bucks, that is very different than it was earlier this season. It would be easy to bemoan the fact that Jabari Parker is injured again and fans can chalk up the season to another wasted year, but these Bucks are proving all doubters wrong. Going into the top seeded teams arena and beating them on their court speaks volumes about the Bucks and how cohesive they are as a unit right now. There is no need to rely on one player’s ability to dominate games, just the need to play good, smart basketball. The 103-100 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night was exciting on multiple fronts. First, of showed that the Bucks can hang with the Eastern Conference’s elite teams. Second, and more importantly, it’s giving the team confidence heading into the playoffs. Getting into the second round of the playoffs is no longer a fantasy, it’s quite possible with this current squad. Malcolm Brogdon is playing exceptionally well and is making a late surge for rookie of the year. He has quietly put together a very respectable year while also showing off his maturity late in the season. Khris…

There is something about this team, these young Bucks, that is very different than it was earlier this season. It would be easy to bemoan the fact that Jabari Parker is injured again and fans can chalk up the season to another wasted year, but these Bucks are proving all doubters wrong. Going into the top seeded teams arena and beating them on their court speaks volumes about the Bucks and how cohesive they are as a unit right now. There is no need to rely on one player’s ability to dominate games, just the need to play good, smart basketball. The 103-100 win over the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night was exciting on multiple fronts. First, of showed that the Bucks can hang with the Eastern Conference’s elite teams. Second, and more importantly, it’s giving the team confidence heading into the playoffs. Getting into the second round of the playoffs is no longer a fantasy, it’s quite possible with this current squad. Malcolm Brogdon is playing exceptionally well and is making a late surge for rookie of the year. He has quietly put together a very respectable year while also showing off his maturity late in the season. Khris…

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March Madness: Selection Sunday

The part of the year college basketball fans anxiously wait for has finally arrived: March Madness is here! The state of Wisconsin has had some exciting years in previous seasons, including the University of Wisconsin nearly winning the championship with Sam Dekkar and Frank Kaminsky leading the way in 2015, and that same Wisconsin team making the Final Four the season before that. Wisconsin hasn’t been the only team dancing, with Marquette making it to the Elite 8 in 2013 and the Final Four in 2003. Marquette, though, hasn’t been back since 2013 and is on the fringe of returning again this season. Wisconsin was at one point a sure top seed in the tournament, but a recent ugly losing streak has them likely looking at a seed somewhere in the 6 range instead of a 3. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee almost got in on the fun despite a 11-24 record on the season when they made the Horizon Leagues final this week with a guaranteed tournament birth on the line, they lost to Northern Kentucky, though, in a tightly contested game. If UWM had won that game, they would have broken the tournament “record” for most losses in a season…

The part of the year college basketball fans anxiously wait for has finally arrived: March Madness is here! The state of Wisconsin has had some exciting years in previous seasons, including the University of Wisconsin nearly winning the championship with Sam Dekkar and Frank Kaminsky leading the way in 2015, and that same Wisconsin team making the Final Four the season before that. Wisconsin hasn’t been the only team dancing, with Marquette making it to the Elite 8 in 2013 and the Final Four in 2003. Marquette, though, hasn’t been back since 2013 and is on the fringe of returning again this season. Wisconsin was at one point a sure top seed in the tournament, but a recent ugly losing streak has them likely looking at a seed somewhere in the 6 range instead of a 3. University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee almost got in on the fun despite a 11-24 record on the season when they made the Horizon Leagues final this week with a guaranteed tournament birth on the line, they lost to Northern Kentucky, though, in a tightly contested game. If UWM had won that game, they would have broken the tournament “record” for most losses in a season…

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Packers vs Cowboys: The Grip

Anybody watching the Packers versus Cowboys matchup on Sunday night witnessed what easily might have been the best football game of this decade. From the giant lead the Packers held, to the massive comeback from the Cowboys, to the three 50+ yard field goals on the final two minutes, there was nothing more that could’ve happened to make the game exciting. It was a battle of the old guard versus the up and comers. NFL centerpiece Aaron Rodgers against NFL upstart Dak Prescott. The Cowboys had been the best team all season in the NFC, ending up with a 13-3 record that included losses to only two teams. They had even thoroughly dominated the Packers earlier, but playoff football is a very different monster. Rodgers made several incredible plays, and in the end it was enough to maintain the grip on the game, barely. After Mason Crosby hit a 56 yard knuckleball field goal that put the Packers up by 3 points with less than two minutes to play, it looked as if the game would end in Green Bay’s favor. Prescott and company had other plans, though, and in a matter of seconds they had marched down to the…

Anybody watching the Packers versus Cowboys matchup on Sunday night witnessed what easily might have been the best football game of this decade. From the giant lead the Packers held, to the massive comeback from the Cowboys, to the three 50+ yard field goals on the final two minutes, there was nothing more that could’ve happened to make the game exciting. It was a battle of the old guard versus the up and comers. NFL centerpiece Aaron Rodgers against NFL upstart Dak Prescott. The Cowboys had been the best team all season in the NFC, ending up with a 13-3 record that included losses to only two teams. They had even thoroughly dominated the Packers earlier, but playoff football is a very different monster. Rodgers made several incredible plays, and in the end it was enough to maintain the grip on the game, barely. After Mason Crosby hit a 56 yard knuckleball field goal that put the Packers up by 3 points with less than two minutes to play, it looked as if the game would end in Green Bay’s favor. Prescott and company had other plans, though, and in a matter of seconds they had marched down to the…

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Packers Prepare to Renew Rivalry with Cowboys

No Jordy Nelson, no problem. Aaron Rodgers and company withstood a slow start by their offense and took over the wild card playoff game against the New York Giants to the tune of 38-13. The score wouldn’t indicate it, but the game was actually much closer than Packers fans would have liked, with the game a close 7-6 in favor of the Packers just seconds before halftime. At this point, Rodgers was having a pedestrian day after a 4-11 start, Jordy Nelson was about to be ruled out for the game due to what would later be revealed as multiple broken ribs, and the Packers running game was nowhere to be found. Enter Aaron Rodgers, the man who took over for Brett Favre and has since surpassed him in most Packers fans minds as the greatest quarterback to ever don the green and gold. Rodgers has proven himself to be the Hail Mary master, practically requiring that the play be renamed Hail Aaron after he converted his third touchdown in 12 months on the rarely-converted play. The way Rodgers throws his Hail Mary is unlike any other in the NFL right now. If you have some time, go online and…

No Jordy Nelson, no problem. Aaron Rodgers and company withstood a slow start by their offense and took over the wild card playoff game against the New York Giants to the tune of 38-13. The score wouldn’t indicate it, but the game was actually much closer than Packers fans would have liked, with the game a close 7-6 in favor of the Packers just seconds before halftime. At this point, Rodgers was having a pedestrian day after a 4-11 start, Jordy Nelson was about to be ruled out for the game due to what would later be revealed as multiple broken ribs, and the Packers running game was nowhere to be found. Enter Aaron Rodgers, the man who took over for Brett Favre and has since surpassed him in most Packers fans minds as the greatest quarterback to ever don the green and gold. Rodgers has proven himself to be the Hail Mary master, practically requiring that the play be renamed Hail Aaron after he converted his third touchdown in 12 months on the rarely-converted play. The way Rodgers throws his Hail Mary is unlike any other in the NFL right now. If you have some time, go online and…

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Packers Full Steam Ahead

Raise your hand if you saw this coming. The Packers control their own destiny again, now having the ability to win their final two games and win their division. While this seemed possible four weeks ago, it was far from likely and certainly was not viewed as a probability. Since then, though, the Packers have went on a four game tear that saw them raise their record from 4-6 to 8-6. Coach Mike McCarthy has stated since the 4-6 start that 10-6 should be their goal, and Aaron Rodgers talked openly about running the table. That talk seems like a distinct possibility now, with the final two games against stumbling NFC North foes Minnesota and Detroit looking very winnable. It is possible that the Packers wouldn’t need to win their final two games to make the playoffs, because some late season stumbling by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a little bit of luck could get them in the playoffs at 9-7. Still, the goal should absolutely be 10-6 and a division championship. Rodgers has worked himself back into the MVP discussion after some early season snafus, being near the league lead in nearly every passing category while playing without a…

Raise your hand if you saw this coming. The Packers control their own destiny again, now having the ability to win their final two games and win their division. While this seemed possible four weeks ago, it was far from likely and certainly was not viewed as a probability. Since then, though, the Packers have went on a four game tear that saw them raise their record from 4-6 to 8-6. Coach Mike McCarthy has stated since the 4-6 start that 10-6 should be their goal, and Aaron Rodgers talked openly about running the table. That talk seems like a distinct possibility now, with the final two games against stumbling NFC North foes Minnesota and Detroit looking very winnable. It is possible that the Packers wouldn’t need to win their final two games to make the playoffs, because some late season stumbling by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and a little bit of luck could get them in the playoffs at 9-7. Still, the goal should absolutely be 10-6 and a division championship. Rodgers has worked himself back into the MVP discussion after some early season snafus, being near the league lead in nearly every passing category while playing without a…

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Keep Sleeping on Wisconsin

When number 5 ranked LSU came to Lambeau Field to face off against unranked Wisconsin they figured they would have no problem running up the score before flying home. LSU was the team that was returning 18 starters from their 9-3 team a year ago; they were supposed to be one of the best teams in the nation, until they played Wisconsin. Wisconsin took care of business against Akron and Georgia State before taking the next step of their daunting schedule against Michigan State in Michigan. How does a 30-6 beat down of the number 8 ranked team sound? It sounds pretty good to me. Wisconsin, now ranked number 8 in the nation will face off against number 4 ranked Michigan, again playing on their home turf in Ann Arbor. So after going 4-0 and defeating two top ten teams in the nation, the Badgers are 10.5 point underdogs against Michigan. Double-digit underdogs are something that the Badgers are used to being, but where is the respect from Vegas? What happens if they beat Michigan handily this weekend and then travel back to Wisconsin to face off against number 2 ranked Ohio State? Will Ohio State be double-digit favorites in…

When number 5 ranked LSU came to Lambeau Field to face off against unranked Wisconsin they figured they would have no problem running up the score before flying home. LSU was the team that was returning 18 starters from their 9-3 team a year ago; they were supposed to be one of the best teams in the nation, until they played Wisconsin. Wisconsin took care of business against Akron and Georgia State before taking the next step of their daunting schedule against Michigan State in Michigan. How does a 30-6 beat down of the number 8 ranked team sound? It sounds pretty good to me. Wisconsin, now ranked number 8 in the nation will face off against number 4 ranked Michigan, again playing on their home turf in Ann Arbor. So after going 4-0 and defeating two top ten teams in the nation, the Badgers are 10.5 point underdogs against Michigan. Double-digit underdogs are something that the Badgers are used to being, but where is the respect from Vegas? What happens if they beat Michigan handily this weekend and then travel back to Wisconsin to face off against number 2 ranked Ohio State? Will Ohio State be double-digit favorites in…

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Finn Balor Wins Universal Title at Summerslam

What a month for WWE, with the company first getting dedicated mainstream coverage with the launch of their own page on ESPN, crescendoing with a full-fledged commitment to the “new era” by having Finn Balor win the new WWE Universal championship and AJ Styles earn a win over the “face that runs the place” John Cena, only to have Balor have to relinquish the title 24 hours later. A roller coaster would be putting it lightly, but lets try to pick through the Summerslam event and the ramifications afterward. Finn Balor wrestled for over a decade as Prince Devitt before coming over to WWE as one of their newly signed “Indy darlings”. Balor had honed his craft in Europe and Japan and had earned a reputation as one of the best workers in the business. He has an integral part of the famed “Bullet Club” in Japan, eventually passing the torch to AJ Styles so that he could begin his arduous journey into the hierarchy of the WWE. He spent years in the “developmental” brand NXT, but not because he needed the time to master his technique, but because WWE was waiting for the perfect time to call him up…

What a month for WWE, with the company first getting dedicated mainstream coverage with the launch of their own page on ESPN, crescendoing with a full-fledged commitment to the “new era” by having Finn Balor win the new WWE Universal championship and AJ Styles earn a win over the “face that runs the place” John Cena, only to have Balor have to relinquish the title 24 hours later. A roller coaster would be putting it lightly, but lets try to pick through the Summerslam event and the ramifications afterward. Finn Balor wrestled for over a decade as Prince Devitt before coming over to WWE as one of their newly signed “Indy darlings”. Balor had honed his craft in Europe and Japan and had earned a reputation as one of the best workers in the business. He has an integral part of the famed “Bullet Club” in Japan, eventually passing the torch to AJ Styles so that he could begin his arduous journey into the hierarchy of the WWE. He spent years in the “developmental” brand NXT, but not because he needed the time to master his technique, but because WWE was waiting for the perfect time to call him up…

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Thank You, Jonathan Lucroy

Roberto Ruiz Look no further than Jonathan Lucroy if you’re looking for the perfect Brewer. For seven years Lucroy represented the Brewers and the city of Milwaukee in the best way possible. Lucroy was never linked to any performance enhancing drugs, he never lied to the fans or the media, he never left town when the Brewers were still good and contending for a playoff spot. No, Lucroy was the prototypical Brewer, the kind of player I would want my kids to be. He showed up to work every day and emphasized the smaller parts of the game that rarely get any attention while also being one of the best hitting catchers in the league. Lucroy never gathered the following or elicited the fanfare of Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder, but he was just as vital to the team during the glory years. He played through injuries, he was consistently a force at the plate, and he was always one of the best behind it. Pitcher after pitcher who came through Milwaukee raved about the pitch calling and pitch framing abilities of Lucroy, but those aren’t stats that are thrown around by the mainstream media. You’d never know that he…

Roberto Ruiz Look no further than Jonathan Lucroy if you’re looking for the perfect Brewer. For seven years Lucroy represented the Brewers and the city of Milwaukee in the best way possible. Lucroy was never linked to any performance enhancing drugs, he never lied to the fans or the media, he never left town when the Brewers were still good and contending for a playoff spot. No, Lucroy was the prototypical Brewer, the kind of player I would want my kids to be. He showed up to work every day and emphasized the smaller parts of the game that rarely get any attention while also being one of the best hitting catchers in the league. Lucroy never gathered the following or elicited the fanfare of Ryan Braun or Prince Fielder, but he was just as vital to the team during the glory years. He played through injuries, he was consistently a force at the plate, and he was always one of the best behind it. Pitcher after pitcher who came through Milwaukee raved about the pitch calling and pitch framing abilities of Lucroy, but those aren’t stats that are thrown around by the mainstream media. You’d never know that he…

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Brock Lesnar: A Jacked White Boy on Steroids

What a difference a week makes. Just last week I was trumpeting Lesnar as the greatest thing since sliced bread, an outlier, a one-of-a-kind athlete that put all other athletes to shame. I praised Lesnar’s ability to come back to fighting after five years off and destroy someone of Mark Hunt’s ilk. I commended Lesnar for his business acumen and mentioned how much money he stood to make after merging the two worlds of real and fake fighting. I said all of thesethings right before it was announced that Lesnar had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Though it is currently unclear what Lesnar tested positive for, it has been reported to be an estrogen blocker. What a fall from grace. He had inserted himself into the heavyweight title picture once again, could you imagine someone holding the WWE championship and the UFC championship at the same time? Lesnar famously said that “Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants” after the Hunt fight, apparently he thought that extended to failing drug tests. One thing that always baffles me is how unwilling the public is to seeing how big of a problem performance enhancing drugs are in all sports. Fans like…

What a difference a week makes. Just last week I was trumpeting Lesnar as the greatest thing since sliced bread, an outlier, a one-of-a-kind athlete that put all other athletes to shame. I praised Lesnar’s ability to come back to fighting after five years off and destroy someone of Mark Hunt’s ilk. I commended Lesnar for his business acumen and mentioned how much money he stood to make after merging the two worlds of real and fake fighting. I said all of thesethings right before it was announced that Lesnar had tested positive for performance enhancing drugs. Though it is currently unclear what Lesnar tested positive for, it has been reported to be an estrogen blocker. What a fall from grace. He had inserted himself into the heavyweight title picture once again, could you imagine someone holding the WWE championship and the UFC championship at the same time? Lesnar famously said that “Brock Lesnar does what Brock Lesnar wants” after the Hunt fight, apparently he thought that extended to failing drug tests. One thing that always baffles me is how unwilling the public is to seeing how big of a problem performance enhancing drugs are in all sports. Fans like…

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Brock Lesnar Dominates Mark Hunt

Five years away from the cage did a lot of good for WWE and UFC star Brock Lesnar, as his heralded return was a dominant one. Mark Hunt is a top ten heavyweight with heavy hands and the ability to knock any opponent down, but he was the one being manhandled by the much stronger Lesnar. After the fight Hunt would lament that he wasn’t sure how Lesnar is as strong as he is at 265 pounds, and he has a point. Lesnar is a freak of nature, a physical specimen that makes grown men around him look like prepubescent boys. When Lesnar left the UFC five years ago on a losing streak, it was because of his struggles with diverticulitis, an ailment that left him lacking power, stamina, and the ability to take a kick to the gut. Heading into this fight, Lesnar was an underdog in large part because of his time away from the cage, the fact that the fight was announced without much lead up time, and the fact that he had left on a losing streak. When his match was elevated to semi-main event status after the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier fight was dropped after Jones…

Five years away from the cage did a lot of good for WWE and UFC star Brock Lesnar, as his heralded return was a dominant one. Mark Hunt is a top ten heavyweight with heavy hands and the ability to knock any opponent down, but he was the one being manhandled by the much stronger Lesnar. After the fight Hunt would lament that he wasn’t sure how Lesnar is as strong as he is at 265 pounds, and he has a point. Lesnar is a freak of nature, a physical specimen that makes grown men around him look like prepubescent boys. When Lesnar left the UFC five years ago on a losing streak, it was because of his struggles with diverticulitis, an ailment that left him lacking power, stamina, and the ability to take a kick to the gut. Heading into this fight, Lesnar was an underdog in large part because of his time away from the cage, the fact that the fight was announced without much lead up time, and the fact that he had left on a losing streak. When his match was elevated to semi-main event status after the Jon Jones-Daniel Cormier fight was dropped after Jones…

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Kevin Durant Signs with Golden State

The Decision Part Two: Kevin Durant occurred this week, with the former league MVP agreeing to sign with the Golden State Warriors to help lead their super-team into the next season. With a player opt-out clause after the first season this is clearly Durant chasing the ever elusive championship ring before he plies his trade on the open market with a huge contract on the line. Right or wrong, players are remembered most for the championships that they won, or didn’t win. Michael Jordan is the best because he won so many championships (in a watered down league, but that’s another story), Bill Russell is fondly remembered because of the number of banners he hoisted, and Tracy McGrady is remembered for how many times he failed in the playoffs. If Durant and the Warriors are able to win the championship next season it allows Durant to seek the best landing spot for his family the following season without the added pressure of playoff failure hanging on his resume. The comical part about the signing was the backlash against Durant from fans. Fans questioned everything from his integrity to his manhood, which was never fair. Fans like to put sports on…

The Decision Part Two: Kevin Durant occurred this week, with the former league MVP agreeing to sign with the Golden State Warriors to help lead their super-team into the next season. With a player opt-out clause after the first season this is clearly Durant chasing the ever elusive championship ring before he plies his trade on the open market with a huge contract on the line. Right or wrong, players are remembered most for the championships that they won, or didn’t win. Michael Jordan is the best because he won so many championships (in a watered down league, but that’s another story), Bill Russell is fondly remembered because of the number of banners he hoisted, and Tracy McGrady is remembered for how many times he failed in the playoffs. If Durant and the Warriors are able to win the championship next season it allows Durant to seek the best landing spot for his family the following season without the added pressure of playoff failure hanging on his resume. The comical part about the signing was the backlash against Durant from fans. Fans questioned everything from his integrity to his manhood, which was never fair. Fans like to put sports on…

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