Ok.. ok. Now
he should retire.
Seriously though, how awesome would it be if he was to just drop the mic right now. Not one more tournament, practice session, conference or interview, nothing. He just leaves the sport and media entirely, leaving all this critics in a little 'hehe' dust cloud.
It's really awesome to see him show up and actually play the way we all expect him to play. Its definitely not fair to put that kind of pressure on him every single tournament, but he battled through it and came out on top.
I bet he's feeling like a king right now, and he deserves it.
I think Auburn has been playing above their heads and Virginia will take it fairly easily. But I haven't been following either team as much as the other match up so I could be totally surprised. Seems to me all Auburn has to do is have an off day with 3's and they're done. Hard to rely on high percentage shooting all the time.
For Texas Tech vs Michigan State, this is the match up of the tournament to me. Michigan State seems like the best of the 4, but I am reallly rooting for TT because of their stellar defense and the fact they have never made it this far before. So I just want them to win it all. Whoever wins this match up though I feel will win the whole thing, and I have to give the advantage to Michigan State.
I can't say my predictions have been good to this point though.. I picked Duke v NC in the finals .
Annnnd Texas Tech takes it home!
Texas Tech 61 - Michigan State 51
This year's Final Four is all set and just about to get started. So what's everyone's predictions on the winners? Looks like we're missing some of the normal teams this time around, but it's always nice to see some fresh teams when closing in on the championship game.
No.1 Virginia vs. No.5 Auburn
I've seen most predictions say that Auburn should win this matchup. Virginia is really great this year at simply not letting anyone get inside the 3pt line. And if you can't get inside the 3pt line, you're basically forced into either far shots or passing the ball until an eventual mistake. Auburn just so happens to be great this year at 3-pointers with a 38.3% as a team, so that gives them a good chance to win.
No.2 Michigan State vs. No.3 Texas Tech
I'm not really sure what to make of this one. In my opinion, both teams have been excellent this year. Texas Tech has Jarrett Culver, who is arguably one of the best players on the court. It also has a better defense than Michigan, so you'd think those two combined would make it pretty clear. On the other hand, Michigan State has Cassius Winston and I honestly think that they are just more well-rounded than TT. This game should be super entertaining.
This year's Final Four is all set and just about to be underway.
The former UFC Featherweight and Lightweight Champion, Conor McGregor announced in a tweet on Monday that he is retiring from MMA. This is pretty bizarre to me, and most likely to everyone else following the UFC. McGregor could go on for several more years to rake in millions and millions more, even if he looses every single fight. Conor said this in the tweet:
"Hey guys quick announcement, I’ve decided to retire from the sport formally known as “Mixed Martial Art” today.
I wish all my old colleagues well going forward in competition.
I now join my former partners on this venture, already in retirement.
Proper Pina Coladas on me fellas!"
I wonder if he's doing this as a sort of PR or negotiation stunt. Announce to everyone that you're retiring, then spend several months training hard and letting your team negotiate for a massive payout to get you to come "out of retirement" for a big fight. We've all seen that done several times, and I think it fits in pretty good here. Actually, if I remember correctly, McGregor announced a retirement back in 2016.. Then took it back just a couple days later. So you know, this is probably just McGregor being McGregor.
I think Michigan State will beat Duke in the Elite 8. Bracket breaker right there for like the 40% of people making brackets who picked Duke to win it all.
For a wild card pick out of the West, I'd go with Texas Tech or even better Buffalo in the Final Four to play Mich St.
As for Virginia, they need to redeem themselves after that embarrassing lost last year. Not sure they will. I took Tenn into the Final Four, to play North Carolina.
Tar Heels vs Michigan State in the finals. Michigan State wins it all.
I forgot about that Virginia game last year, lol.. It would be really cool if they made a comeback by winning the entire championship, but there's just too many teams that stand in there way this year. It'd basically be impossible. But I guess it's possible.
And yeah, I like your Michigan State vs. Tar Heels prediction. I could totally see that happening. If the two actually did make that happen, I'd like to see Michigan State win.
The Players Championship Sawgrass is now upon us! The top golfers in the world are headed to Jacksonville to win the largest purse in golf, a whopping $12.5 million dollars. This is most definitely my favorite tournament, and I'm really looking forward to see the big guys show out.
When you have the top 50 players in the world all competing in one tournament, picking who you think will win can get crazy. To me, the ones to watch out for are pretty standard. We got Tiger woods, Jordan Spieth, Phil Mickelson, Rory Mcllroy, etc. But there looks to be plenty of contenders that can take out the normal front-runners. Guys like Justin Thomas, Xander Schauffele and Tommy Fleetwood, all of which have made plenty of noise leading up to this. I've seen a few people make a convincing point that Justin Thomas has exactly what it takes to win this year, and I agree with them.
So who do you think will win TPC? It would actually be super cool to see Tiger show up and do what we've all just been sitting around waiting for him to do... win. But Tiger's worst enemy is himself, and I don't see that going anywhere any time soon, unfortunately. If I were to play it safe and not bet on Thomas winning, I'd go for Phil Mickelson.
Though it's definitely unquestionable at this point that Lebron James has built an enormous legacy, Michael Jordan will always be the king of NBA. Always. MJ just did so much more for the sport and American culture in general. Lebron James is, in a nutshell, a great basketball player. Michael Jordan is a cultural icon, a trailblazer, and a great basketball player.
For example, think about the name Lebron James. What do you think about? To me, it's just a great basketball player who's had a long and successful reign. That's where it ends. I don't think of any huge cultural shifts he's created, any actual symbols (like the MJ flying logo), no movies (though they're not really applicable here). He simply great playing the sport that is already there.
Now think about the name Michael Jordan. I can pretty much guarantee you that you'll be busy for quite a while thinking about everything he has done for the NBA and culture. He basically built the sport that Lebron is just good at.
I'm not necessarily a fan of the Steelers, but I always seem to find myself rooting for them to win when I catch them playing. They just have a spark about them that's most always fun to watch. But I think that's now about to change. Steelers' star player (and best player on the team, in my opinion), Antonio Brown is about to jump ship.