Yeah, he's doing surprisingly well. I was a little worried he would be a bit more.... all knowing? on the subject. For example, I expected him to say what they should have done, could have done, etc. But he's keeping that subdued. I've even heard the mic get cut on him a few times for gasping and about to comment in a negative way.
With so many bowl games that really don't matter beyond school brand prosperity, I have been wondering for a while if the best players in these games that are possibly NFL bound should even suit up for a bowl game that isn't a playoff game?
Seems to me the players are only putting their futures at risk, so they can possibly help their school win a bowl game. Sure it looks good for the school. But how devastating is it to see a would be NFL player get hurt in a bowl game and that injury be the reason why scouts look elsewhere? It happens often enough that I think if I were them, I would opt out.
I'm curious, do you think college football players have an obligation to play in every single meaningless bowl game, or should they game plan for their own future and let the chips fall where they may?
I don't think they are 'forced' to play in the bowl games via contract, but I do think it's basically a must. The bowl games are huuuuge for both the players, and more importantly, the spectators. The more spectators/fans there are, the greater a chance a scout or someone important will see you. So I think it's built into the culture that you have to be there for reasons like that, and not necessarily from a technical aspect.
Plus, these guys want to be in the spotlight as much as possible. They are at the start of their career.
Dallasite Wrote: Makes me wonder if there will be a rematch within the next year or so. Both have 20 UFC wins now. Would make perfect sense for them to fight one more time. And then GSP retires for good, I would imagine going 2-0 against.
I was thinking that as well. But it's hard for me to believe GSP came out of a 4 year retirement to fight only twice. I'm really hoping we see atleast 4 more fights out of him before he's completely done.
On the other hand, I'd be completely satisfied if he was to call it quits right now.
Georges St-Pierre has returned from his lengthy retirement to remind us all how incredible his skill set is. He has now gone above and beyond with a dramatic third-round submission of the 185 pound champion, Michael Bisping in the main event bout of UFC 217.
St-Pierre retired from the league four years ago amid personal issues, disagreeing with the UFC's drug testing policies, and "mental fatigue". I have always been a big fan of his, but coming out of a four year retirement to submit a current UFC fighter, let alone one the caliber of Michael Bisping, is just insane. It solidifies to me that he is truly built for this sport.
"I don't have a word in my mouth right now," St-Pierre said. "It's my dream come true."
That's a tough call. It definitely looks like he put everything he had into the hit, but It's tough to say if he intentionally meant to low shoulder like that. I'd say that they should have ejected him, just to keep people in check more in the future. Hope Flacco is OK after that.
SFriedman Wrote: Pretty ballsy going after an MMA fighter. Bet he will think twice before he goes back to the gym, from now on. Wasn't there, so can't so if it was warranted.. does Bisping have any history of violent outbursts outside the octagon?
He actually has a reputation for being in a lot of feuds with other MMA fighters. But of course, all of those eventually lead to them fighting in the octagon. I think this instance was more of Bisping just getting over-frustrated. I can't blame him for reacting the way he did. And who knows.... the "victim" may be overreacting in his statement. Then again, nah. Who would lie or be over-dramatic when it comes to suing a famous person?
Anyone who's ever spent more than an hour at a gym will tell you it can get pretty frustrating. People don't clean up after themselves, both sweat and trash. People take your weights/machine if you walk away for a second. People group up and hang out around machines you want to use... but are being used as chairs. All of this is usually manageable, that is, if your career doesn't rely on it.
All of this boiled over for Michael Bisping back in July. The UFC Middleweight Champion was at a 24 Hour Fitness in Anaheim California when he grabbed a "gym rat" by the throat and nearly strangled him unconscious.
According to the suit, Bisping "went crazy" when Antonio Georgakopoulos took his weights without asking during a workout. Antonio claims that Bisping called him several names like "little punk" and "idiot" during the scuffle. He also claims that he was just about to lose consciousness before another lifter intervened and broke it up. The suit is including assault, battery, intentional infliction of emotional distress and more. The cops were called, but all charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.
I know it's not right that Bisping got physical with him, but part of me relates with him. It's really easy to overreact when your blood is flowing, body overheated and hormones raging. I've wanted to do the exact same thing several times, though haven't acted on it. This guy most-likely wouldn't have created the suit if it weren't for Bisping's success.
PowerPlay Wrote: All jokes aside, I have always been curious about Cubs fans. What made you stick it out with them for so long?
That's simple - I was born a Cubs fan.
One of my first memories was my dad telling me I was a Cubs fan when I asked him what he was watching. My parents dressed me up in Cubs baby attire, toddler attire, and youth attire. It was never a question as to whether I could or couldn't be a Cubs fan!
PowerPlay Wrote: Did you start watching each game with the notion that they were going to lose? That must have been infuriating. Like a roller coaster that just goes in one straight, constant, never up or down line. Then all of the sudden....BOOM. Skyrocket to compete for the top spot and win it. That must have been an insane feeling.
I'd like to say I started watching each game thinking they were going to win, but I'd be lying. They were so bad for so long that most fans became accustomed to them being terrible. Hence their (now former!!) nickname "lovable losers." We loved them no matter how terrible they were.
2003 was an especially difficult year after the Cubs complete and total meltdown in the NLCS. I was never one of the fans who blamed a baby faced kid listening to his Walkman for the Cubs losing that series, but it was still a crushing blow to get so excited only to see the team completely fall apart before my very eyes.
Then we went into the wilderness for another decade where I just became accustomed to them being one of the worst teams in the league before the Ricketts family decided that they wanted to find a way for the Cubs to win again.
I'll never forget the night the Cubs won the World Series last year. It was a feeling that is indescribable yet understood by any Cubs fan who has stuck with them through thick and thin.
I called my 90 year old grandparents the next morning and they were just overfilled with joy. They were alive during the 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945 World Series only to watch (or hear) them lose each time. Me staying a fan for the first few decades of my life is one thing, but they never lost faith in nearly a century.
PowerPlay Wrote: What do you see happening in this series against the Dodgers?
I'm not naive. The Dodgers are one hell of a team and they have a bitter taste in their mouths from last year. They also have home field advantage and a loyal fan base that rivals the Cubs. The Dodgers are definitely the favorites, but then again so were the Nationals.
No matter what happens, I will continue to be a Cubs fan the rest of my life!
Best response I've ever gotten to that question. Most of the time I get a simple "they're just my team".
"I called my 90 year old grandparents the next morning and they were just overfilled with joy. They were alive during the 1929, 1932, 1935, 1938, and 1945 World Series only to watch (or hear) them lose each time. Me staying a fan for the first few decades of my life is one thing, but they never lost faith in nearly a century."
That's super cool. I've never really thought about that group of fans.
Roger Federer has won his 6th title of the year! The Wimbledon Champion defeated the world No.1 Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-3 at the Shanghai Masters Final. Even though Federer still trails Nadal 23-15 in their head-to-head series, this marks his fourth win and fifth in succession over over Nadal.
It's always nice to see the athletes not trash talk after a win/lose.
Federer said, "I don't know what my expectations were going in. I thought I might struggle early on because it was a late finish last night. I had no nerves before the match, surprisingly. I think I was pretty clear about how I wanted to play the match. I started off very well and relaxed from then on."
Nadal, (These matches) "Have been a very difficult match for me. He played very fast, and he played well. Of course was not the best match for me of the week. When somebody plays better than you, sport is not very difficult. That's the real thing, no? When you play against somebody that is better than you in most of the things that really matters in this sport, in this kind of surface, then it's tougher."
All jokes aside, I have always been curious about Cubs fans. What made you stick it out with them for so long? Did you start watching each game with the notion that they were going to lose? That must have been infuriating. Like a roller coaster that just goes in one straight, constant, never up or down line. Then all of the sudden....BOOM. Skyrocket to compete for the top spot and win it. That must have been an insane feeling.
What do you see happening in this series against the Dodgers?