Wed. Apr 24th, 2019

MJ vs. LeBron- Off the Court edition

By Charlie Hackett

Air Jordan or The King?  Although hundreds of millions debate on whether or not LeBron James is better than Michael Jordan within the confines of a 94 by 50-foot wood floor, most people often overlook the competition between the two in respect to their cultural and economic impact.

Now I know it may seem like Jordan is far ahead of LeBron in these aspects if you make this argument based on the present.  But keep in mind MJ is 22 years older and therefor has had more time to accumulate money and build up his Jordan Brand empire, while LeBron is still playing in the latter part of his prime.  After all, it wouldn’t be fair to solve the debate of MJ vs. LeBron on the court by facing a 55-year-old Jordan against a 33-year-old James. Read Full Article Here!

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Zaza Pachulia: The Dirtiest of Players

By Griffin Hill

When 250+ pound professional athletes are running full speed, and using their muscle to launch themselves at every loose ball, injuries are bound to happen. But injuries are accidents, and should never be caused by an individuals intentional desire to hurt someone else.

Zaza Pachulia in numerous situations has been accused of crossing the line, and trying to hurt other stars. An incident with Kawhi Leonard last season, was perhaps the most infamous, and caught the attention of players around the league. The debate of whether the warriors big man intentionally stepped on the ankle of Leonard is in fact no debate at all. People around the league like to convince themselves that no player at this level would dare to do such a thing. While this would be a wonderful truth, it is not the case. Zaza Pachulia is out to injure other players, and revolves his game around cheap shots, and “dirty” plays. Read Full Article Here!

5 Dark Horse College Football Playoff Contenders

By Shane Bidwell

With the season six grueling months away let’s take an extremely early look at teams poised to make a run at the playoff that may not be receiving enough national attention.

West Virginia Mountaineers

A healthy Will Grier will be ready to go come opening day, and he should be a favorite to earn All-American honors. In his first season at WVU Grier threw for 3,490 yards, 34 touchdowns, and just 11 interceptions. The Mountaineers have a deadly three headed monster in the backfield in Kennedy McCoy, who rushed for nearly 600 yards as the number two back last year, Martell Pettaway, and Tevin Smith. These backs should help carry the load offensively. The Mountaineers also have returning deadly receiver threat David Sills and will add Alabama transfer T.J. Simmons. Look for defenses to have a tough time stopping the high-powered WVU offense that will be able to torch teams both on the ground and through the air. WVU has an iffy defense that will be interesting to watch this year, but they do have a chunk of their top defensive performers returning. WVU will be battle tested by the end of the season as they have to play Tennessee to open the season, and navigate an ever improving Big 12 slate. If this defense can improve from last year fully expect them to push Oklahoma for the Big 12 title, and maybe a playoff spot. Read Full Article Here!

The Rise and “Fall” of Derrick Rose

By Dastan Haghnazari

“With the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, the Chicago Bulls select Derrick Rose from the University of Memphis.”

Derrick Rose was the youngest player to ever receive the MVP award.  Derrick Rose was also one-of-twenty first round picks to receive the Rookie of the Year award. Rose competed in the playoffs five times during his tenure with the Bulls (two after his injury) and signed a 185-million-dollar shoe deal with Adidas in 2012. However, when Rose returned from injury, he was never the same. He was traded to the Knicks, Cavs, and finally to the Jazz who waived him from their roster earlier this month.  Rose is considered to be washed-up, broken, and unproductive nowadays, which is hard to comprehend, considering he used to be the top point guard in the NBA.  Read Full Article Here!

Big Ten Tournament Preview

By Jack Hamrick

Just days away from the Big Ten tournament, each team is looking to either make their case for the NCAA Tournament, or ruin someone else’s chance at glory. This conference is built on pride and tradition, and no matter how a teams’ season has gone, they will be diving for every ball, and playing until the final whistle. Here’s a look at the favorites and sleepers for the B1G tourney!

Favorites

Michigan State

The young, run-and-gun Spartans are not only the best team in the Big Ten, but the best team in the country. Averaging about 5 blocks a game, the lengthy Michigan State Spartans are hard to score on. With four freshmen and one sophomore starting, the Spartans are young and fast, always looking to push the tempo. With future lottery pick Miles Bridges, the Spartans could be scary not only in the Big Ten Tourney, but in March as well. Read Full Article Here!