Well if you haven’t noticed college football is back and in full stride. I don’t know about you but a piece of me has been missing without being able to watch my favorite college teams take the stage every weekend. Also this season has been nothing short of magnificent and has only made me realize how much I was missing with out it. It’s only week three and we have already seen some of the biggest teams take the field against one another. Opening week the defending Champs in Alabama took the field against a hungry USC team to kick the season off. Speculations were circulating around Alabama and how well they would play with almost an entirely new offensive line, but they didn’t disappoint, and quickly put the boys at USC in place. Other than a great opening drive the USC offensive was ineffective against the Alabama defense. I’m sure this was a blow to the ego of the USC hopefuls, but they still have a lot of games to play this season. However they stacked their schedule heavy at the beginning of the year and faced another tough opponent yesterday, their pac 12 rival Stanford. Stanford the defending Pac 12 champs have another hopeful season ahead of them with the unstoppable #5, Christian McCaffrey. Stanford took an early lead, and controlled the game effectively all the way to the end. The Pac 12 had another big game yesterday with the Oregon ducks taking on the Nebraska Huskers. Oregon picked as the favorite, were not able to outshine the running game of the Huskers and lost 32 -35. It’s been tough for the Pac 12 so far this season, but we will see how they shape up for the rest of the season.
The most anticipated game this weekend was #2 Florida taking on #10 Louisville. This was the first top ten match up we have seen this year, and it was quite the spectacle. The Louisville Cardinals led by their ridiculously talented quarterback Lamar Jackson out scored Florida 63-20. Florida State could not shut down the run game, passing, nor the sheer speed of Jackson. Louisville has officially made their playoff bid, and now we will see if they can hold it.
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In case you missed it, Copa America (Centennial Cup America) took place this month and had soccer fans going crazy. Perhaps soccer is not your thing, but there was definitely some action that any sports fan can appreciate. This year the tournament was hosted in the United States, and fortunately for local fans the U.S. team really delivered. Coming in a very respectable 4th place, right behind Colombia, Argentina, and Chile who took the championship for the second year in a row. Huge disappointment for Argentina and their star Lionel Messi who has lost twice to Chile in the Copa finals. For the fans though Copa America was a thrilling tournament, and had no shortage of action.
Personally soccer has not been my favorite sport growing up, I think I was traumatized because of an incident as a child where my teammate got sick from pesticides on the field. In fact I told my mom I no longer wanted to play soccer after that season, perhaps a little paranoid, but it seriously freaked me out. The field had just been sprayed before our game, and one of my teammates had a really bad allergic reaction that eventually led to him leaving the game, and going to the hospital. I think these types of incidences are rare but they certainly do happen, and not just on soccer fields, but on any field that has grass because they’re usually treated by some type of pest control. Unfortunately the city and the youth sport organizations are not making a lot of money, so they aren’t getting the best pest control companies to service the fields.
I believe however safe and organic pest control will become a lot more prevalent on youth fields in the years to come. Parents and officials will undoubtedly react if they believe that current pesticides are unsafe, especially considering the age of the kids who are coming into contact with with these pesticides. And the reality is there has been growing exposure to the dangers of certain pesticides, and their link to serious diseases. I don’t write this to deter parents from letting their kids play youth sports because I believe sports are great for childhood development, but urge them to consult with their local youth sport associations and the fields property management about what’s being used. I think these property managers should try and locate a local organic pest control company in their area, or some one who offers pest control products that are safe for children to be around. There is already serious concern with the amount of chemicals children are exposed to on a regular basis, and it’s important as parents you do as much as possible to mitigate these exposures.
Well the Cleveland Cavaliers certainly made a comeback from their initial 3-1 deficit and made all the non believers think twice before they criticized the capabilities of Lebron James. Lebron and the Cleveland Cavaliers made history in more than one way last night, giving the Cavs their first Championship, giving Cleveland one of its only professional sport titles in more than half a century, and being the first team in NBA history to win after a 3-1 deficit in the NBA finals. Not to mentions the Cavs defeated the Golden State Warriors at home in the most winning stadium in the league against the current NBA champions. Nike is going to be able to make one hell of a commercial about Lebron James and the Cavs. Oh wait…they already did.
Game 4 of the NBA finals was a disappointment for the Cavs who had just come off the 30 point win in Game 3. Kevin Love who sat out of Game 2 with a concussion, came back to start for the Cavs in Game 4 and add to the line up. However the strength was not enough to slow the persistence of the Golden State Warriors. The Cavs who held the lead for much of the game lost the lead in the fourth quarter to a 12-1 Golden State run. By that point the Cavs had fallen to a 10 point deficit that they could not recover from with only 2:30 left on the clock. Game 5 tonight is back to California where Lebron and the Cavs need to win two games to bring it back to Cleveland for game 7. It’s a long way to go for the Cavs, especially against a team like the Warriors, but there is certainly hope. For those who like to bet on games, there are huge winning potential if you put your money on the Cavs. I have a bet going with a friend who owns a carpet cleaning company in Mesa Arizona, and we have a bet going that if the Cavs Win he has to give me free carpet cleaning for a year. If the Golden State Warriors win I’m only paying him $100 bucks because the odds are so stacked now in favor of Golden State. I figure I can risk a $100 dollars for the opportunity to get free carpet cleaning for a year, my house is literally all carpet lol. I’m not sure if he is taking on anymore bets, but if you know someone who is a better you can win big by putting your money on the Cavs.
Don’t Sleep On The Cavs
After the defeating loss of game 2, Lebron and the rest of the team pulled themselves from the 33 point loss in California and gave their home crowd a hell of a show. Lebron supported heavily by the rest of his team stopped Golden State dead in their tracks and gave them a taste of their own medicine. Defensively, the Cavaliers shut Golden State down, they did not allow for any of the open shots they allowed in Game 2 and effectively wrote Curry out of the game early on. Starting off quickly, and at Lebron’s tempo, the Cavaliers got in an early lead and created a 20 point gap by the end of the first quarter. The Warriors closed that gap to 8 at one point in the second quarter, but could not match the pace and execution of the Cavaliers. The Cavs created that early lead and never quite looked back. Irving who struggled in Game 2 showed up big in Game 3 with 30 points, keeping pace with Lebron’s 32 points and 11 rebounds. The Cavs J.R. Smith also played a big role, making 5 three-pointers. The team didn’t seem to miss Kevin Love who was sitting out with a concussion from Game 2, especially with Lebron taking his power forward position and speeding up their tempo.
The momentum that Golden State had generated seems all but lost in Cleveland. The hometown crowd shut them down quickly and gave fuel to their hopeful Cavaliers. There is no writing Golden State out of the series though with their impressive blowouts at home and their remarkable comeback from OKC. There is still a lot of game to play in the series and it’s certainly not going to be one team walking home with the trophy. Whoever will take the trophy home will have to claw and scratch their way to victory.
If you are following the 2016 NBA finals then you are probably starting to think the same thing as us. Can Golden State sweep the Cavs? The Golden State Warriors who were down 3-1 to Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder came back with three wins to make it to the NBA finals and haven’t looked back since. With Game 2’s 110-77 Win over Lebron James and the Cavaliers, the results of the 2016 NBA finals are certainly looking in favor of Steph Curry and the Golden State Warriors. This is not a deficit that typically deserves this kind of speculation and criticism, but there is no denying the overwhelming momentum Golden State seems to have, and the effortless nature of their ball play during these finals. Lebron on the other hand appears to be somewhat of a one man show and doesn’t have near the synergy of his California opponents. A lot weighs on Lebron’s shoulders, and I don’t mean just the entireCavaliers team, but all the negative press as well. The internet is being flooded with memes of Lebron getting punked by Curry, but fact of the matter is Lebron is punking the entire league. He is setting records by being one of only a few players in NBA history to ever make it to the finals 6 years in a row. As heart breaking as it is for Lebron that he’s only capitalized and gone home with the ring twice, it’s unfair to not notice his remarkable ability to fight his way to the finals regardless of the circumstance. If you look at records Lebron has a better record of making it the finals than Micheal Jordan. Although his 2-4 finals records is not as pristine as Jordan’s 6-0, there something to say for his ability to consistently get his team to the finals.
Despite our down right respect for Lebron, the fact of the matter is that defeat is definitely looming for the Ohio native. The sheer speed and dynamics of the Golden State Warriors has many people suggesting they are one of the best teams to ever play the game. And unfortunately for Lebron, basketball is a team sport and demands some support by those teammates of his. We are not trying to predict a Golden State Warrior victory, but we are simply speculating on the facts thus far. The Cavs have a long way to go, but I think it would be stupid to write them off so easily. Game 3 of the NBA finals is Wednesday June 8th and the Cavaliers will have home court, so hopefully they can create a better outcome.
Bring it Home Lebron!
In recent news, promoters have been talking about the potential boxing fight between Floyd Mayweather and Conor Mcgregor. This would be a boxing match so not the typical UFC fight that Connor Mcgregor is used to. Like we have discussed in a previous post, Connor Mcgregor has unbelievable confidence and self assurance in his abilities, and a vision to succeed. However he would be in an entirely different arena and restricted from utilizing some of his strengths he normally uses in the octagon. No leg kicks, no take downs, and no submissions. Where as Mayweather would be entirely in his element and be able to expose Mcgregor’s boxing capabilities, or lack of. Regardless of the results, the turn out would be HUGE! There would fans and naysayers voicing their opinions all over the air, and throughout the internet. The amount of money involved in something like this would be enormous, and for that reason we might actually see something like this come to fruition.
Check out Joe Rogan speak his piece on the event, and dish out his predictions.