Dana White has officially confirmed the fight will be Conor McGregor vs Cowboy Donald Cerrone.
Looks like it's a WW fight, which is a bit interesting. Conor is a beast at 155, so this is kindof a bold choice for his first fight back. Though I think he has just about every tool in his belt that Cerrone struggles with. I see this fight going in McGregors favor heavily.
The only racer of the four I'm counting out is Kyle Busch. He hasn't won a race since September. Of the other three I agree on Hamlin. He deserves to win his first title as well. Though Truex Jr. has become one of my favorite racers over the last few years so I will mostly be rooting for him.
Truex is my next best bet as well. I'm definitely thinking Hamlin will take the win, but Truex has won the championship before so that gives him somewhat of a leg up over Hamlin.
I don't know.. This doesn't seem to be something like the kind of misbehavings Ndamukong Suh used to do. If it were, I'd say the suspension makes sense and hopefully it'll knock some sense into him when he gets back on the field. But this takes it a step further.
All these guys know they can rough eachother up on the field and not really worry too much about it thanks to all the pads and helmet. The moment a helmet comes off is the moment it should stop, and I'd think 99.9% of all the other players know that. To take a helmet and hit someone in their bare head with it is just too far. No matter how big you are, that can cause serious damage.
I wonder if any kind of suspension will be enough. Not that I think this guy is trying to be a killer or anything, but it's just ridiculous to do that at all.
The Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Championship will be coming to a head this Sunday at Homestead Miami Speedway. The five main racers in the standings for this one are Denny Hamlin, Kevin Harvick, Martin Truex Jr., Kyle Busch and Joey Logano. Even though the last 5 champions took the win for this particular race, it doesn't necessarily matter who actually crosses the finish line first for a few of these guys, they just have to beat out their fellow top 3 racers. Logano is just too far behind to win the championship at this point, though he is still doing great this year so I'd keep him in the running.
So who's going to take the championship spot? My bet is on Denny Hamlin. The guy has been absolutely killing it this year. Not only is he the top ranked racer on the track right now, but he also has two Homestead wins under his belt going into Sunday's race. He's got everything going for him right now. He just has to keep control for one more big one to get his very first championship spot.
Hamlin is the only one of the top 4 racers to be going for his first win. Harvick, Busch and Truex will all be trying to win their second titles. Even though they'll all be bringing their own skill to the race, I just don't see the win going to anyone else. Truex hasn't exactly had the best history with the track. Harvick is a bit outnumbered by Joe-Gibbs, though it won't really matter if he can keep his distance. And no matter who's at fault, Busch just can't seem to produce a well oiled team. So again, I'm going with Hamlin all the way on this one. Not that he has a perfect system in place compared to everyone else, but I hope he can keep what he has together to pull out a win.
I don't think an easier schedule should be held against them in the rankings. If they have 9-0 record, they won 9 out of 9 games, period. I've always seen that as more of a trash talk opinion than an actual statement towards a teams record or strength during a season.
I think the only thing that should be considered when weighing the teams schedule of the season is how they stack up (in theory) against the other team. If Clemson had easier opponents during the season then say LSU and they play eachother, it's all just a matter of opinion as to who will win/lose. Their season records don't really change anything during that single game.
I've been absolutely infuriated by so many pass interferences that were never called. I know that we as the viewers get an up close look at most plays, so I can understand how they miss them in real time. But when you have several refs on the field that have this as their one and only job to do, you'd think they'd catch more than 5/52. We all know the number is much, much higher than that.
Starting in the 2019 season for college basketball the 3-point line will actually be a bit further back than usual. The NCAA Playing Rules Oversight Panel decided to make 3's just a little harder by making the arch distance to the goal match the international distance.
It was 20 feet 9 inches (from the center of the basket) and has now been changed to 22 feet 1 3/4 inch. A difference of 1 foot 4 3/4 inches further back. So a little less than a foot and half. Not a huge deal but for college players universally expecting a certain 3 point distance, definitely seems like it should effect the game in some way.
I'm always leery of these kind of changes, but only because it skews record books. You will forever have to asterisk 3 point shooting records by era now, when it was less than 21 foot away, to when it was a little over 22 foot. Or maybe not? I don't know.
The NBA is still further back at 23 feet 9 inches. So in actuality, this should help a lot of NBA hopefuls get a closer court dimension to the pros. You could argue it should be what the NBA does if you look at it that way, but maybe that was too big a change for the panel to do.
I wonder if 3 point %s will drop off this season because of this?
This is a ridiculous rule change. There's just no need for the 3-point line to be moved at all, let alone down to a precise 3/4 of an inch. I can totally see this changing the 3-point numbers of the season. Your body gets used to throwing the ball a specific amount to make any goal, especially 3-pointers. I can't think of any good reason this had to be done.
He's back! Conor McGregor recently came out of the woodwork and announced that his next fight will be on January 18th, 2020 in Vegas to an unknown opponent. This news really came out of nowhere. Not that I or really anyone else actually believed his claim of retiring earlier this year, but the amount of time he's taken off since his last fight looked to be playing the part of quitting the game.
So here's the thing.. Conor has to win this fight. He built himself up in such a particular way for so long that he has no choice but to win at this point. When he fought the first fight against Nate Diaz and lost it took a bit of steam away from his game, thus taking steam away from what his entire career is built on. Hard to put what exactly I mean by that into words, but if you know McGregor at all, you should know what I mean.
Fast forward a bit to his loss to Khabib. This is what really did him in. Not only did McGregor lose, but he got absolutely dominated. Khabib out-classed him in every way possible.
With losing his last fight the way he did and it being over a year ago, he really can't lose this next one. Everything he's built his game upon would be hurt in such a way that I can't see him recovering, especially if it's to someone that's not as big as Khabib, Diaz, Misvidal, etc. It took him a year to come back after his last loss. Then again, if the opponent is announced as any of those big three and McGregor wins the fight.. That will skyrocket him right back to the very top. He apparently has 3 matches planned for 2020 starting with this one, so it doesn't seem to be a one-off for a money grab.
I'm curious what everyone's opinions are as to the top ranked NCAA teams this year. I've been reading around quite a bit and it looks like the universal pick for No.1 spot in the rankings goes to the Michigan State Spartans. Even though I can agree with most everyone that the Spartans have probably the best point guard in the league with Cassius Winston along with a rising top player in Aaron Henry, I just don't know if that necessarily gives them the automatic top spot. I can definitely acknowledge the Spartans as a top contender, though I'm curious what gives everyone the idea they are headed straight through the playoffs.
My personal pick for No.1 team would be the Kansas Jayhawks. They also have a killer point guard in Devon Dotson and a couple stars like Udoka Azubuike and Ochai Agbaji of their own. They look to be a more well rounded team this year, aside from the NCAA Notice of Allegations issues. Speaking of, Bill Self said the allegations are going to make the team focus twice as hard this year. Take that for what it is, but it's worth mentioning. Resentment and revenge scenarios can give a huge push of motivation.
Another team I'm curious about this year is the Florida Gators. I've seen quite a few rank them in the No.3 to No.4 spot. I think that's a little on the low side. As we all know, one single player can make a huge difference to a teams game style. I think head coach Mike White may have his winning team now that Kerry Blackshear Jr. has transferred over from Virginia Tech. If White uses him the right way and changes things up a bit, I think they have a serious chance at going all the way this year.
This is what we like to see. The Washington Nationals vs Houston Astros World Series started out with one of the best Game 1's I've seen in a long time. Not only was it really cool to see the 20-year-old Juan Soto get a three hit performance, but that also gave the Nationals their very first World Series win with a 5-4 over the Astros. The entire game was great.
Fast forward a bit and now we have the series at 2/1, with the Nationals in the lead. I can see the rest of this series being very, very interesting. I've seen quite a bit of talk that the Astros may not have what it takes to win over the Nationals, though I don't really see that being as big of a problem as others. The first game was a nail-biter. The second game was a blowout by the Nationals at 12-3. The third game was a blowout by the Astros at 4-1. I'd say both teams have quite evenly matched opponents. And when both teams are playing at their fullest, we get great baseball.
Any opinions on who you think will win the series? I feel like the Nationals will make them fight for it, but the Astros will ultimately come out with the win.