McGregor vs. Mayweather

Could the super fight of the century finally go down? Reports surfaced yesterday that the two sides were “very, very close” to agreeing on the fight. Well what the hell does very very close mean? And who started the rumor? According to Mayweather, there has been no agreement and things don’t appear to even be close. I wish I was that powerful to say something and the whole internet runs with it. Could you imagine that?! Breaking News: NBA owner gets into a fist fight with former player! Oh wait, that actually did happen. No but seriously, how do I get to that level of starting a rumor and the world hears about it? Anyway, about these two clowns. I am a huge McGregor fan. If I was a betting man, I am going with Conor McGregor all day long on this one. I would love to see him just beat the living shit out of Mayweather. Theres just something about McGregor that I love. His cockiness is through the roof. His shit talking is grade A. The ass whoopin’s he hands out, are entertaining. Everything about him I dig. Will this fight ever happen? I think we have a better chance at seeing the Cleveland Browns hoist the Lombardi trophy next season. Okay okay thats a little far fetched but still. Floyd wants his $100 million and so does McGregor. Originally Floyd had the splits at $7 million to his $100 million. That seems real fair. After all, $100 million dollars to run around and dance in the ring for 12 rounds is ridiculous. I’ll go get my ass beat for $7 million dollars. Hell, I’d do it for 40 bucks. I wish these two would just come to some common ground and get it done. The world wants to see it. Honestly, I don’t think Floyd wants to do it. What does Conor McGregor have to lose? If he gets beat, then he loses his first ever professional boxing match. He’s not a boxer. He’s never solely trained to be a boxer. He’s a fighter. Floyd on the other hand, cant afford to lose this match. All hell would break loose. Could you imagine the amount of memes and little videos people would make. I think Conor’s head would explode by the time he got out of the ring if he won. I want to see it happen. The double champ does whatever the F*ck he wants! What do you think? Will it happen? Who would win? Check out some of the shit talking between these guys since last year..

 

Other UFC notes. Ronda Rousey took another L this year. Another disappointing loss. All the hype leading up to the fight just to get embarrassed again. Her fighting career is over. Maybe she should give Vince McMahon a call to get some action in the WWE. Start a clothing line or something. Just don’t step back in the octagon again. Here is the latest gem from her last loss. rousey

Holly Holm, who handed Rousey her first loss with the vicious kick to the noggin, lost to the scary looking Germaine de Randamie at UFC 208. First of all, I’ve never heard of a woman by the name of Germaine. Is this like that Juawanna Mann movie? S(he) just switched the J to a G in her first name. Something’s a little fishy (uh, gross). Anyhow, Holm is appealing the loss because of late punches thrown after the bell was rung in rounds 2 and 3. The chances of it getting over turned are probably pretty slim. Good try though Holly.

Anderson Silva. How in the world did he win that fight? Did the judges just want to see Silva leave the game on a high note? Im not sure what match they were watching but Derek Brunson owned that fight. Brunson had 2 take downs, had more “significant” strikes, and had double the number of total strikes. Explain that one to me? He also, is appealing. Im not too familiar with the appeal system in the UFC , but I wonder what they have to say about this one. Luckily for them, they don’t have a commissioner by the name of Roger Goodell.

Tyron Woodley throws hands with “The Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson at UFC 209. Should be a slobber knocker.

The greatest 4 words in all of sports… Pitchers and Catchers report!

Its that time of the year again! February 12th through the 15th all pitchers and catchers report to duty with their respective teams. Position players to report February 17th through the 20th. Just under 2 weeks before we get to pound beers and roast in the heat of the sun. Whether you are in Arizona or Florida, there is no better time of the year. Except for opening day.  Time to put down the cheeseburgers and get your asses in shape boys. While all you Northerns are buried up to your belly buttons in snow, folks down here in the south will soak up all the Vitamin D for you. Whether you’re getting drunk and stealing foul balls from the kid 2 seats over, or laying out on the berm and heckling the guys that you know won’t make the opening day roster, spring training baseball is a beautiful thing. I will be breaking down each division through out the spring to give my opinion on what will happen this 2017 season. I get excited for opening day and the baseball season every year just to be let down by the time August comes. Thank you Tampa Bay Rays. We can only hope that this year is as exciting as 2016 was! Cheers to cheap tickets, cold beers, no name autographs, and most importantly baseball being back!!

 

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Tiger is still in the Woods

Tiger, Tiger, Tiger. News broke 2 days ago that Tiger Woods has pulled out (giggity) of the Genesis Open and the Honda Classic due to back spasms. A week earlier he withdrew from the tournament in Dubai. What in the hell is actually going on? The guy has had countless back surgeries. Why can’t they get it right? Give me the man a new back! Lets get one thing straight. I love Tiger Woods. I have always loved Tiger Woods. I will always love Tiger Woods. I wanted to be like Tiger Woods every time I stepped up to a tee box. I wore a Nike TW branded hat, I sported the Nike driver and iron’s, I had on the freshest Nike golf cleats, I even wore a victory red polo every once in awhile. I mean shit, I was basically Tiger Woods but smaller and white. Oh and a handicap of 65 but thats neither here or there.

So what in the world is really going on with (at one point) the great Eldrick Woods? Has his time finally come? Should he call it quits? The poor guy has 673 other players ahead of him in the world rankings. No, Im not exaggerating, 673 players. Uhhh, I wasn’t even aware the list went that high. Good grief! At 41 years of age, theres no coming back from that. I will be mind blown if he ever sniffs the top 100 again. I’m just about over hearing about these back problems as I am about hearing the downward spiral of the god awful New York Knicks. Enough is enough.

The last time Tiger won a major championship was 2008. Why are we still holding on for dear life hoping this guy is going to come back and rattle off a few more majors? It’s not happening. Unless…. he drops about 30 pounds, he smokes a little for these back spasms, which by the way would clear it right up, and he has sex with 30 women on the down low. Honestly. It worked for him before didn’t it? Im not saying he would become number 1 in the world again, but he sure as hell would at least be able to finish 72 holes of golf without limping out of the bunker. Get it together Tiger. I don’t want it to end this way.

What do you think Tiger Woods should do? Hang em up? Keeping having back surgeries until he looks like the hunchback of Notre-Dame? Or take the easier approach to what I said above? I would love to know what you guys think.

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The Year of Championships

What a year it was to be a sports fan. There were some exciting games, some were stressful, and there were some flat-out unbelievable comebacks. In my opinion, this was probably one of the best years for sports. Every once in a while you watch a championship series of a certain sport and think “damn, that’s one of the best games I’ve ever seen”! For me, this was the year that really stood out to me. The NBA finals, World Series, NCAA National championship, and the Super Bowl all blew my hair back. One after another, each championship game/series left me borderline speechless. What do you think was the best championship game/series of this past year?

The Cleveland Cavaliers. Lebron finally brings home a championship to the city of Cleveland. After all those years of shitty sports teams, Lebron put them on the map. We know damn well the Cleveland shit stain Browns aren’t getting anywhere near a trophy anytime soon. The Indians, well we will cover them in just a bit with the world series. But back to the NBA finals. Golden State Warriors and the Cavs. The rematch. Can Steph Curry do it again? Well, after the first two games everyone started to think so. The Warriors out scoring the Cavs 214- 166. Two blow out games.  Lebron’s hair-line creeping further and further back. Jump to game 3. Lebron puts on a show shooting for 32 points.  A blow out win for the Cavs. Quick side note. At the time, I was pissed that I was watching the NBA finals and each game was a blow out. This was the finals correct? It’s unacceptable for the top two teams of the league to allow the other team to blow them out. Anyway, game 4 was a little closer and the Warriors were up 3 games to 1. Steph Curry hitting shots from half court all while chewing on that gnarly mouth piece. Draymond Green’s big ass head smiling from year to year and pretty much saying it was over. There was no way that the Warriors were losing this series. To much offense. Siiiiike. Bron Bron shoots for 41 in game  5, and then another 41 in game 6. Did someone say game 7? No one would have everrrr guessed (rolls eyes). Well, we all know what transpired next. Cleveland wins its first championship in 52 years. 52 years? Wow it must suck to live in Cleveland. What was more impressive, the comeback of down 3-1 to win it all or the resurgence of Lebron’s hair line? I’ll go with the hair line.

3 months later Cleveland is at it again in the World Series. Which by the way, why the hell is it called the “World” Series? That is a rhetorical question. I know why it’s called that but it just doesn’t make sense to me. The world baseball classic should be called the world series. After all its teams from all over the world. Sorry, completely side tracked there.. Back to the 2016 World Series.

The Chicago Cubs vs. Cleveland Indians. Two teams who haven’t won a championship since dinosaurs were around. I am not going to lie, I was rooting for the Cubs to take it all. I am a big fan of Joe Maddon for obvious reasons (Rays coach ’06-14). This was going to play out to be another thrilling yet unbelievable come back. Steve Bartman was shitting his pants every single pitch as he was hiding away on the side of a mountain somewhere. Who knew that Joe Ma would have the cubbies playing in the world series only two seasons in? I had a feeling when he left Tampa that he was destined for something great. He could now spend more than $35 and a 10 piece spicy nugget for players. Chicago is loaded with young talent at all positions. The World Series started off not how they expected. Corey Kluber out dueling the veteran Jon Lestahhh in game one. The cubs needed to at least split games in Cleveland to gain some confidence going back to Wrigley field. The more I look at the name Wrigley the more strange it becomes. Jake Arrieta pitched a gem and the cubbies took game 2. Chicago was boomin.  I mean for crying out loud, it was 1908 since the city witnessed a world series win. Do you know what was around in 1908?? Me either. Thanks to google though, I found out. The Wright brothers introduced something called an air-o-plane. Henry Ford released the first affordable automobile. I mean shit, we are almost at a point now where both of those things combined as one will be around. Scary. To say the least, Chicago Cubs fans were ready to break the curse. Ready to snap the 7 consecutive world series losses. Then game 3 and 4 came and went. All of a sudden there they are again, staring at a 3-1 game deficit. If only Moises Alou would have grabbed Bartman by his big ass ears and pulled him over the railing. I always wonder what I would have done in that situation. I would have tossed him over the rail, Stone Cold Steve Austin a beer or two and then gave him a flying elbow drop off the left field railing. Can I get a “OH HELL YEA”! Stop me if you heard this before but the Cubs had a mountain to climb. Tossing Lester and Arrieta the next two games and winning both. Dun DUN DUNNN. Game 7! The whole world watching. Will the cubs finally win a world series?! Will the Indians follow pursuit of the Cavs and bring home a 2nd championship to the city of Cleveland? 6-6 at the end of the 9th inning. Game 7 and its going into extra innging’s. You couldn’t have written the script better. Top of the 10th inning and the cubs are ready to party. This is how the top half of the inning played out. Lead off single, intentional walk, double, intentional walk, and a single. Next thing you know the cubs are up 8-6. The rest is history. Joe Maddon and the Cubs have done it. The unthinkable. Coming back from  3 games to 1 and winning its first championship in a million years. I was so excited for Joe Ma and my man Zobrist for winning it all. One of the greatest World Series I’ve ever watched.

 

Lets jump to a few months later and this time its the NCAA National Championship game. Alabama vs. Clemson. The rematch. Two of the top defenses in the country. The best quarterback in college (Watson) vs. the greatest college coach (Saban). My money was on Clemson. Deep down I thought Alabama was going to win. Over the next 4 hours, there were a lot of beers pounded and a couple changes of underwear. This game was ridiculous. After two quick long runs for a touchdown by big Bo Scarbrough, I thought for a second this game was going to get out of hand quickly. Clemson never quit and just kept pounding away. *That’s what she said*. Going into half time Alabama up 14-7. Exchanging touchdowns and bama kicking a field goal, the score was 24-14 Alabama going into the 4th and final quarter. This is when shit starts to get crazy. This guy by the name of Mike Williams, who I think may end up on the Tampa Bay Buccaneers next season, started making some pretty unbelievable catches. Clemson took the lead with 4:38 left on the clock. Up 28-24. Still plenty of time for Saban to work some of his magic. First, let me say real quick that Jalen Hurts doesn’t have a very good arm. Good thing the man has some wheels though. Clemson was ready to shut it down and hit the strip clubs along Dale Mabry. All they needed to do was to stop Alabama on a 4th and 1. Well, the crimson tide had other plans. Not only did they convert the 4th down, but a few plays later, Hurts laced up the Nike’s and took off for a 30 yard touchdown run. Now up 31-28. Raymond James stadium is rocking. Dabo just shit his pants. 2 minutes and 7 seconds left in the game down by 3. Deshaun Watson puts on the Jansport backpack and carries his team down the field. Clemson is on the 2 yard line with 8 seconds to play. Championship is on the line. A quick pass to Renfrow for the touchdown! The unthinkable happened. Nick Saban was just handed his first championship loss. Deshaun Watson takes off running down the field like Will Farrell does when he goes streaking in the movie Old School. The Clemson Tigers have won the national championship. Vegas goes crazy and I stumble to the fridge for another cold one. This was one of the best if not the best college football championship game I have watched. I know, I have said that about the previous 2 sports championship games but that’s why this is called the year of championships! The only other college football game that I think may top that game was the Vince Young vs Reggie Bush national championship. The only reason I would say the USC vs Texas game was more thrilling is that they just dropped the gloves and went back and forth each drive. Instant classic.

Andddddd now we are at the Super Bowl. The Patriots *rolls eyes* and the Atlanta Falcons. I can not stand the New England Patriots. Being a Colts fan, I just despise the hell out of those guys. Tom Brady. Bill Belichick. The only reason I hate them is because they are so damn good. Honestly, its hard for me to admit it but Jesus, that Brady guy is unbelievable. Super Bowl 51. The high power offense of Atlanta vs the stingy defense of the Patriots. I’m not going to lie, I had my money on the Falcons to pull this one off. I thought there were to many weapons on offense for the Patriots to stop. The first half showed exactly what I was thinking. Everything that happened in this game is just mind blowing. Brady throws a pick 6. I don’t think I have ever seen that. Falcons put up 21 points at half to New Englands 3. The Patriots were lost like a whore in church. They had no answer for anything in the first half. Im not sure what happened at half, if it was Lady Gaga jumping from the roof or if Gronk went in the locker room to give one of his dumbass speeches, but the Patriots came out of the locker room a whole new team. I don’t think there is a better team at making half time adjustments than good ole Belichick and the boys. Don’t get me wrong, the Patriots made adjustments and came out to play in the second half but I think even more than that, the Falcons just took a massive shit. Im not sure what they were thinking in the second half but I can tell you, it wasn’t about stopping magnificent Tom Brady.  At the end of the 3rd quarter the Falcons were up 28-9. Pretty much a wrap right? Ehhhhh. Brady had other plans. He wanted to humiliate Roger Goodell and make him hand that damn Lombardi trophy to him and Robert Craft. So Brady got to work. Doing what Brady does, marches his team up and down the field and cutting through the defense like a warm knife through butter. Even though the score was close, the stats show otherwise. The Falcons only converted 1 third down conversion all game. ONE! That is not good. Time of possession was a landslide for the Patriots. The Patriots dominated the second half and tied the game up to push it to overtime.  Thankfully when the Patriots won the overtime coin toss, they didn’t pull a Matt Hasselbeck and tell the ref “we’ll take the ball, and we’re going to score”. Right on Matt. We all know what happened next. Not the Patriots. Not Tom Brady. They win the toss and do what they do best. Drive right down the field to set up what will be the greatest come back win in super bowl history. James White runs it in from about 6 yards out. Game, Blouses. They did it.. Tom Brady wins Super Bowl number 5. Making him the most decorated man in football. I am going to make a statement that I NEVER thought I would say. It takes a lot for me to say this especially with the amount of hate I have for this bastard but, TOM BRADY IS THE GREATEST QUARTERBACK OF ALL TIME.  There I said it and I just threw up. Okay okay enough of loathing of the guy. I still can’t believe they came back to win that game. Greatest Super Bowl ever? It’s definitely right there if not the best. Still hate them.

What a crazy year it was. Too bad none of them were the teams I root for. From the look of things, I may be like those Cubs fans waiting 200 years for a Commissioners Trophy.

What do you think was the best championship series of the last year? How would you rank these series to others in the past? What is your favorite championship game/series you have watched? My favorite championship game came in 2007, Super Bowl XLI. The Indianapolis Colts win the Super Bowl. Manning wins MVP and I cry while being carried around a Buffalo Wild Wings restaurant by a 6’4 220 pound man. That day I will never forget.