The Celtics 2019 Season

The Celtics 2019 Season

Going into the 2017-18 NBA season, the Boston Celtics basically blew up their entire  roster and acquired two NBA All-Stars in Kyrie Irving and Gordon Hayward. They also acquired from the draft what seems to be a future superstar, Jayson Tatum, who had a spectacular first year, adding to their roster who the season prior, was the one seed.

Rookie Spotlight: First Impressions

Rookie Spotlight: First Impressions

Late round players often emerge as huge stars; players like Antonio Brown, Richard Sherman, and last year’s standouts Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara, were all post-3rd round picks. Tom Brady, arguably the greatest QB of all-time, was picked in the sixth round. However this season, it’s top picks like Sam Darnold and Saquon Barkley that the fans are excited about, and the beginning of the season has been no disappointment.

JUSTICE SERVED ON THE COURT

JUSTICE SERVED ON THE COURT

Being an athlete is tough, but being a female athlete can be extremely challenging. Although men and women are equal in the sense of athleticism there tends to be a double standard in the media in the way female athletes are treated. Instead of focusing on their athletic abilities, magazines are often more focused on what the athlete is wearing than the game itself.

2018 NBA Playoff Predictions

2018 NBA Playoff Predictions

The NBA Playoffs are officially underway and they’re already full of ups and downs. From Kawhi Leonard quitting on his team to the Khris Middleton buzzer beater to send the Celtics and Bucks into overtime, it has been proven that this year will be one of the best years the NBA playoffs has ever had. The competition is intense in both conferences, rookies such as Ben Simmons, Jayson Tatum, and Donovan Mitchell have been holding their own, and of course surprises have occurred. Just a quick note: my predictions were made before the playoffs officially began, and have not been altered or changed in anyway in response to their first game or two of the first round.

The New Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

The New Fresh Prince of Bel-Air?

If you’ve been following the NBA lately it’s pretty noticeable that there’s a new king in Philadelphia. And he’s most definitely here to stay. Ben Simmons is leading the 76ers into the sunset that is the NBA Playoffs as the 3-seed, and is the leading candidate for Rookie of The Year. Not to mention the team is also on a 14 game win streak. The kid can flat out ball. He leads the rookie class in assists, rebounds, and steals, and also has 36 triple doubles this season, which is the new current record for rookies.

 

Why Saquon Barkley and the Giants are a Match Made in Heaven

Why Saquon Barkley and the Giants are a Match Made in Heaven

In the end, whichever team picks him up, will enjoy the fruits of massive success. Whether it be the Browns, Jets, or Giants. But if he’s gonna have the most success in his career with a team that can help him grow into the player with the hall of potential he has, then it’s most obviously the New York Giants. If he lands in the Big Apple… then it’s game over NFL.

 

Kevin's Rad Picks: March Madness

Kevin's Rad Picks: March Madness

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for many people. It’s that sweet spot for winter sports where the NBA and NHL seasons are beginning to come to a close and March Madness takes over the headlines. Today, I release bracket after the tournament already started due to me being lazy, and also on vacation. So, here it is:

The Worst Super Bowl in New York History

The Worst Super Bowl in New York History

If you live in the beautiful state of New York, you’d know how much pride comes with the success of our local teams. The “City of Champions” always boasts its total of 29 World Series Championships, 5 Super Bowl victories, 4 NBA championships, 8 Stanley Cups, and a championship in almost any other sport that you could possibly think of. This city lives and breathes sports. It’s a part of New York culture, and quite frankly that will more than likely never change. Ever.

What Giancarlo Stanton Trade Means for New York's Culture

New York. The city that never sleeps. The place that breeds the heart of champions. New York has been the pinnacle of cities in relation to sports. In every sport, each team that comes from here is iconic to this day. The biggest team of all of them, the New York Yankees have once again established themselves as the empire of Major League Baseball. If you ask why then you must be living under a rock because earlier this week, the Yankees and the Marlins agreed to terms to send powerhouse slugger Giancarlo Stanton over to the Big Apple.

Now, if you know me, then you know I’m not necessarily a baseball person. I find the games to be slow and quiet with the exception being when a home run is shot into the stands. This sends the whole crowd as well as your living room into a frenzy filled with cheers and shouts of pure excitement. The thing is, no matter what sport you are interested in when you live in this state, you know about the Yankees. With legends such as Derek Jeter and Alex Rodriguez holding much influence over the city you can’t help but to know at least a little bit about New York baseball.

This trade. This trade is a game changer, but not only for the baseball fans in New York, but for the culture of New York as well. Growing up during the time when the Yanks’ last won the World Series in 2009, no matter where you are you ALWAYS can find somebody wearing a Yankee hat. In this state it was inevitable that you’d stumble upon this. With something like this happening, don’t be surprised if you see the city streets as well as our own high school flooded with Yankee hats, Judge and Stanton Jerseys, and T-shirts with different varieties of Yankee spirit.

This team filled our home with so much pride. This city is home to the most championships in MLB history. 27 series won on the biggest stage of the fall. And honestly, we can really say that there’s a chance that this can change to 28 championships next year. Paired with the hard hitting AL Rookie of the Year, 2017 Home Run Derby Champion, 2017 Silver Slugger, and 1 time All-Star Aaron Judge, playoff game changer Didi Gregorious, an ace of a pitcher in Masahiro Tanaka, and more, Stanton and the Yankees are poised to make a deep playoff run as well as become contenders for the World Series in the next coming season. Las Vegas actually has them winning the series with the best odds out of every team in the league (5-1).

Chris Sheehan, a baseball fan in Harborfields said, “The Yankees are so overpowered. They have a serious  chance at beating the Red Sox for the AL East title. As for the World Series, they have a chance but there are a lot of contenders out there.”Another opinion I heard stems from Mathew Didominico, an avid Yankees fan. “This move is definitely going to fill seats in Yankee Stadium. Although we’re adding more than 50 home runs to the rotation and putting this team in serious position to get to the World Series, the money would probably be better if it was used towards a pitcher.” He isn’t wrong. But the thing is with such a force coming to the team, it honestly doesn’t matter. This team is an offensive juggernaut that will put runs upon runs on the scoreboard. The Yankees are up and coming and are ready to take on everybody in the MLB in hopes of bringing a title back to the city of champions. After a move like this, there truly is only one thing left to say. Ladies and Gentlemen, New York baseball is back.

Kevin's Rad Picks: Week 13

Kevin's Rad Picks: Week 13

Last week I took off as it was Thanksgiving and I didn’t feel like writing an article. This week I’m back with some hot pics and even hotter takes. I know it’s technically Week 13, but its only week 2 of the GRIND. Side note: I was late getting even this article out. So yes, it's too late to take my advice on the Thursday night game but, I made my pick anyway. Let’s dive in.

Washington @ Dallas(-2): Washington

The Washington R-words beat the Giants last week while the Cowboys have lost three straight, all without Ezekiel Elliott. Cowboys stink now without Elliott, so my pick goes to the R-words.

Minnesota @ Atlanta(-3): Minnesota

“Life's too short to bet the under”… wait that's the wrong saying. Anyway, this may be the easiest pick I make all year. Minnesota is good and Atlanta is not, so the fact that they are plus 3 mean you HAVE to pick the Vikes.

Detroit @ Baltimore(-1): Detroit

Detroit’s offense is far superior to the Ravens in all aspects except for rushing. Meaning, if Joe Flacco wants to truly be considered elite, this is a must win for the Ravens. I, however, think he's a washed-up bum so, I got Detroit. But hey, who knows? Maybe he can lead is very mediocre Ravens to a trip to the playoffs because the AFC stinks.

New England(-8.5) @ Buffalo: New England

No matter how much Billsmafia believes they can win this game, they won't. The Bills stink.

San Francisco @ Chicago(-3): Chicago

No one wins. This will be the worst game of football all year. Both teams are tanking and are forcing the fans to watch this sorry excuse for a football game. I say Bears for the sole reason that they won two more games than the Niners. The one good that comes out of this game is that the over/under is 41. This might be the one time you NEED to bet the under, sorry Big Cat.

Denver(-1) @ Miami: Miami

You know when you just have a feeling? I've got a big one for the Fins. That one guy on the Broncos who got into a fight last week is apparently good and is now suspended so, that's why I'm going Miami.

Kansas City(-3.5) @ New York Jets: Jets

Kansas City has been REALLY bad lately, like, lose to the Giants bad. If Kansas City is as bad as they've been, the Jets should be able to get themselves back into the AFC Wild Card picture without much effort.

Houston @ Tennessee(-6.5): Houston

I was going to go Titans, but the spread favors Houston. The Titans are very mediocre and so is Houston without Deshaun Watson. And, Trubisky isn't bad when John Fox lets him throw the ball. It should be a close one, also considering Houston blew out the Titans Week 4.

Cleveland@ Los Angeles Chargers(-14): Chargers

The Steeler-Packer game last week had this same spread, and that turned out to be a 3 point game. But then I realized, the Chargers don't play down to their opponent’s level like the Steelers do. Plus the Browns aren't just bad, they're a full blown dumpster fire that can't be controlled.

Carolina @ New Orleans(-4): New Orleans

The Saints are good. I think I said that Week 11 too. Anyway, they are both 8-3 but, New Orleans has the better offense. I trust Drew Brees and the Saints offense more than Cam “The Ham” Newton (yes, I made that up right on the spot), so my pick goes to New Orleans.

Los Angeles Rams(-7) @ Arizona: Rams

The Cards stink and I shouldn't have picked them when they played Houston in Week 11. Rams take this one.

New York Giants @ Oakland(-7): Giants

I'm going to do my first real  “hot take” that will for sure heat some Giants fans up. I think Geno is the answer. There, I said it. Ben McAdoo is without a doubt getting fired after this season, and he  knows that. So, why not stir up some controversy with your 36 year-old franchise quarterback? Look, the way I see it, Geno has had some time to develop his game on the bench and Mcadoo knows that. Worse case scenario, Geno screws up and you give Eli’s eventual replacement some reps. I say Giants still lose, but not by 7.

Philadelphia(-5.5) @ Seattle: Philadelphia

I'm convinced Philly will not lose another game this regular season. Playoffs are a different story, because, you know, Patriots.

Pittsburgh(-5) @ Cincinnati: Pittsburgh

This is a big rivalry game that never seems to disappoint. The Steelers always play down to the Bengals, but always win. This time should be no different.

My record: 7-6-1

All stats and spreads courtesy of NFL.com and ESPN.com