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  • Aug 15, 2017 03:51 PM
    Last: 7d

    So let me start off by saying that I am not condoning any sort of physical or mental abuse of anyone, of either sex, at any time, for any reason. It is never OK to do the things that Ezekiel Elliott is being accused of.

    The Dallas Cowboys running back was accused of domestic violence against his former girlfriend in July of 2016. These allegations led to a year-long investigation by the NFL and the Florida police department, which then led to a 6 game suspension for breaking the NFL's personal conduct policy. Elliott has yet to be arrested or charged with a crime and continues to claim he is innocent. Though as everyone knows, the NFL suspending you for domestic abuse is quite a sting to both your life and career, the latter being a bit hit or miss in this industry.

    Elliott is now appealing the case. But honestly.... Why bother? The damage is now done.

    And that is my issue with this whole case. The ex-girlfriend specifically said she was going to, "ruin his career". Though I don't think she will succeed in actually ruining his career, I do think what is happening now is exactly what she meant. Here are some of the glaring issues with the case:

    • No concrete evidence in this case at all.
    • She posted the 'evidence' pictures on her Instagram account....This seems too juvenile for me personally to take serious. Seems (to me) like she just wanted everyone to see and judge.
    • The Columbus City Attorney's office declined charges, stating there was "conflicting and inconsistent information across all incidents".
    • Elliot told the police that she is doing this in spite of her anger for a 'social media incident' and being asked to leave Elliott's apartment.
    • She claimed previous counts of domestic violence, but didn't report them.
    • There is text message proof of Thompson encouraging her friend to lie to police about an alleged domestic abuse case in July. This one is unquestionable. It also tells me all that I need to know about this particular case.

    It's incredibly hard for me to believe someone claiming domestic abuse, when there is evidence that they encouraged someone to lie about a domestic abuse case. And again, this is not me claiming that I know for sure. This is not me saying Elliot should just be let off. This is me saying that it is way, way too easy to hurt someone's career and life with these types of charges. I can't think of a way to fix this issue, but I don't think swapping domestic abuse for this type of abuse is fair.

  • Aug 14, 2017 12:02 AM
    Last: 10d

    I don't think I've ever seen someone do such a great job of self promoting like Conor McGregor. It really is impressive. He is only days away from what will surely be a record breaking bout with Mayweather, and now has plenty of fuel for lining up the next one.

    Because of some sparring photos and video clips that were 'leaked' online, McGregor and Paulie Malignaggi now have some beef between the two. The photos show Malignaggi looking pretty badly beaten, while the video shows what appears to be McGregor dominating the match and knocking Malignaggi unconscious at one point.

    Obviously this doesn't look very good for Paulie. He said this after seeing that the images were online:

    "When you don’t like somebody, you don’t spar them, you fight them. You either fight them, or you just never mentioned them at all. This weirdo didn’t do either of those things. He constantly put me in the press with these edited videos, edited pictures and whatnot. Now, it’s picked up a ton of momentum. So yeah. So now the bad blood is there. Now we’ve gotta fight."

    "He’s got his left hand on my neck and he’s throwing his little right hook inside, and I’m trying to pull up as hard as I can, in case he’s going to repeat the shot, in case he’s gonna do something else, and he lets it go. So what happens? I go flying, and I fall."

    It doesn't even need to be said that there is a huge difference between sparring and an actual match. Paulie is a fighter, not just a sparring partner. Whatever happens in a sparring match between to fighters should be treated as helping one another. These videos shouldn't have been released at all. I feel like this is a publicity stunt specifically for gearing up the McGregor vs. Malignaggi fight. But if it's not, yeah, they should fight.

    Here is the footage of the sparring match. To me, it doesn't look like Paulie got knocked out. It looks like he lost his balanced and fell over.

  • Aug 10, 2017 08:27 PM
    Last: 9d

    The highly anticipated Mayweather vs. McGregor fight now has an impressive undercard to go with it. It was announced that the following matchups will take place before the main event:

    Gervonta Davis (18-0, 17 KOs) vs. Francisco Fonseca (19-0, 13 KOs): For the Davis' IBF Junior Lightweight (130 lbs) Title.

    I am going to agree with the masses in that Fonseca is going to be steamrolled by Davis. He really hasn't ever fought someone with the type of skill he is about to be presented with. His record is primarily built on sub- 500 ranked fighters.

    Nathan Cleverly (30-3, 16 KOs) vs. Badou Jack (21-1-2, 12 KOs): For the Cleverly's WBA Regular Light Heavyweight (175 lbs) Title.

    This is the type of match I like to see. It could go either way with these two. Jack is moving up a weight class for this fight, and Cleverly is the WBA's secondary title holder. Fighting styles and skill level are too similar for me to bet comfortably.

    Andrew Tabiti (14-0, 12 KOs) vs. Steve Cunningham (29-8-1, 13 KOs): 10 rounds, Cruiserweights (200 lbs)

    I am going to give this win to Cunningham. He is much more experienced and a better tuned fighter than Tabiti. Experience is everything when it comes to big fights.

    In all honesty, I expect any of these fights to be much more exciting the the main. Even though I think McG. vs. May is going to be much better than most, I just don't see the same drive with the superstars that I do with the undercards.

  • Aug 04, 2017 08:55 PM
    Last: 14d
    I have a feeling Ben will stay healthy throughout the season, but I just don't see them winning the playoffs. I think they need to revamp and start to approach the field in a different way. I really hope the Packers get to the SB this year. I also really hope that they go up against the Patriots and destroy them. I feel pretty bad for Rodgers. Their biggest problem, at least looking from the outside in, is they seem to coast once they have a few wins on their record. Then they turn back into a great team again once they hit the danger zone. I see them winning the SB this year if they can keep their momentum and keep Rodgers healthy.
  • Jul 27, 2017 11:41 AM
    Last: 27d

    The USNMT went into the final as an undefeated team under Bruce Arena. Now that team is the undefeated Gold Cup champion! A super late 88th minute goal from Jordan Morris put U.S. 2-1 over Jamaica for the win. This is quite a satisfying win for us U.S fans, considering Jamaica knocked us out of the semi-finals last year.

    Congrats USMNT! I hope you get some time off to enjoy the spoils.

  • Jul 11, 2017 03:56 PM
    Last: 1mo

    The three-time champion, Novak Djokovic has defeated Adrian Mannarino to move on to the quarterfinals at Wimbledon. Djokovic, ranked world No.4 took out Mannarino, ranked world No.51 with a winning set of 6-2 7-6 (7-5) 6-4. The total match time was two hours and 13 minutes.

    During third set, Djokovic had to request a medical timeout for his trainer to examine and stretch his right shoulder. "It's been something that I've been dragging back and forth for a while now," Djokovic said. "But I'm still managing to play, which is the most important thing."

    I hope he gets that under control for his next match. If not, I see a great opportunity for his defeat. Shoulder injuries/strain take weeks to heal. If you compete before they are completely healed, It can take the injury to a much more serious state.

    Even though his shoulder is hurting, Djokovic does have a rather large pillow to fall back on. He is set to compete with Tomas Berdych, whom he has defeated a whopping 25 times in 27 matches against one another. Those are pretty solid odds in his favor, even with a hurt shoulder.

    The match will be on 7/12 at 9:30am EST.

  • Jun 29, 2017 04:37 PM
    Last: 1mo
    I don't think it's a good strategy either. It's all about money/sponsors/advertisers at this point. I am so sick of hearing about Lebron, it's silly. I wouldn't go as far as to say his moving victories are luck, but I don't think it's far off. I'm going to guess that these other teams following the "superteam" drafts and trades are most likely in line for disappointment.
  • Jul 05, 2017 06:28 PM
    Last: 2mo
    I think they should have dug a bit deeper than just this crash. They could have looked into whether or not there was malice between the two. If there was none, let him keep riding. Though if there was a history between the two, the outcome would be appropriate. It kind of looks like he pushed his elbow out to create a barrier to protect himself from the situation. Then again, it kind of looks like it was intentional.
  • Jun 18, 2017 04:26 PM
    Last: 2mo

    So I'm having a bit of a dilemma about whether or not to pay for this so called "super-fight". I remember when I was really excited about about the Mayweather vs. Pacman fight, so I didn't hesitate whatsoever to pay the ridiculous $100 PPV price. And just to be clear, it is absolutely ridiculous for PPV to charge people that much. But I thought it'd be worth it.... It wasn't. And not only was that fight not worth the hundred bucks, but I also forgot that I had purchased it. So about a month later I was frustratingly reminded with a $150 cable bill. In hindsight, I should have thought further about what I'd actually be getting for the money.

    And here we are again. They realized they could make hundreds of millions of dollars by promoting these "Once in a lifetime super-fights". So we are all in the same (now more cautious) position again. This is an instant cash cow for both fighters and the companies involved, so they could care less if the fight is over in less than a minute.

    So what are everyone's thoughts on this? Are you going to a bar to take advantage of the lower head charge? We can only assume the at-home PPV cost will be around the $99.95 that it was for the May/Pac fight. Are you still planning on paying that even after what happened last time? And if you didn't watch the last one, are you OK with paying that to watch this one? I'm leaning towards passing on the fight and just watching it afterwards for free.

  • Jun 15, 2017 08:39 AM
    Last: 2mo

    I honestly didn't see this fight ever happening. But, here we are and I still don't quite believe it.

    To answer one of your questions first, they will be using 10oz gloves. McGregor is used to 4oz and Mayweather is used to 8oz. A few things I have to mention about this insane matchup:

    Most people are saying that McGregor has no chance at all. That he will be destroyed because "Mayweather is the greatest boxer". I understand why people are saying that, but that's just not true. Statistically speaking, McGregor does have a chance.

    1. McGregor is 13 years younger than Floyd and has both size and reach over him. There's a reason that those measurements are taken so seriously, they matter. McGregor outreaches him by two inches, and Floyd has never been outreached by that much in his career.

    2. Floyd has never, ever fought anyone as unorthodox as McGregor. Obviously from a MMA/Boxing standpoint, and also from a southpaw attack/defender standpoint.

    3. McGregor is a beast. He can take a beating better than anyone I've ever seen and recover almost instantly. Then take that momentum and land some extremely powerful strikes. And on that same note, McGregor also is known to have a much more powerful punch than Mayweather. And that's not just my opinion. That's directly from ex-opponents.

    4. Yes, Mayweather is the undisputed boxing champ. But anyone who has actually followed his fights knows that the most commonly used weapon in his arsenal is his feet. He is a runner. He dances around most of his fights until he is either forced into contact, or the fight ends. McGregor doesn't put up with this. He will attack, and attack, and attack, and attack until he gets what he wants from Mayweather. And what he wants is that split second opening to land one of his lethal punches. A win by decision is Mayweathers dream.

    5. A lot of people are saying that McGregor doesn't know how to box, so he'll get destroyed.... Again, not true. In fact, McGregor was an All-Ireland Boxing Youth Champ. So he's not untrained in technical boxing. It's actually where he started. That isn't something to just be slept on.

    6. I don't see a knockout coming from Mayweather. If anything, I see McGregor knocking out Mayweather. I know.... But Mayweather is a counter-punch artist. He has absolutely NO IDEA how McGregor is going to fight. And McGregor knows EXACTLY how (or atleast 90%) Mayweather is going to fight. This leads me to lean towards one of the greatest sports upsets ever, McGregor winning.

    With all that said, this fight is an ABSOLUTE win/win for McGregor. He gets hundred(s) millions dollars if he wins or loses. This isn't the same for Floyd. If he wins, he beat someone who isn't known in the modern boxing world. If he loses, it will destroy his name and his record.

    And not to mention, don't forget that boxing is fighting. No matter the odds, there's always a chance of your opponent taking you out. Period.

    Oh yeah, now on to a person opinion. I despise Floyd Mayweather, and not just for his arrogant and abusive history. It took him 6 years to build up the courage to fight Pacman, who was a very dangerous boxer that could have beat him, but can agree and settle to this fight in under a year.... Shows what kind of person he is.