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  • May 09, 2020 07:56 AM
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    It's great to see NASCAR returning! I assumed it'd be without fans, but a couple of the changes don't make much sense to me.

    there will be no practice rounds or qualifiers for any May races, except the Coca-Cola 600

    I wonder how this is going to work. I can understand no practices, but no qualifiers? What are they planning to do here? I wonder why they cut that in particular out. And why give the Coca-Cola 600 this and none other?

    Other than that it all seems like great news!

  • May 07, 2020 02:20 PM
    Last: 16d
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    I think that Mike Tyson is in extremely good shape for his age and everything he's been through. If anyone steps in the ring against Tyson they should be completely prepared for everything that comes along with that. If someone doubts him due to his age or their own skill level.. they're going to get destroyed.

    Here's a clip of Tyson training recently. I know it's edited down to just short bursts so don't know what happened before or after, but it's still very impressive.

  • May 11, 2020 07:52 PM
    Last: 11d
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    Major sports finally made their debut back this weekend with UFC 249 in Jacksonville, Florida. I had originally thought this one wouldn't happen or that the event would take place on an island (per Dana White himself), though thankfully they were able to pull everything together for a full fight card. It was really odd at first watching a UFC event with no fans in the stands or the loudness that usually accompanies the fights, though after the first couple of fights I was beginning to appreciate it. The quite stands really lets you focus on the fights themselves and makes it seem more like you're there.

    The night had some great fights, but the one that stood out to me the most was Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje. I'll start off by saying that I've never seen a Gaethje fight before. Nothing against him at all, he's just never been on my radar with the usual fighters I keep up with. On the other hand, I've seen several Ferguson fights. I've never really liked the guy's persona but the way he performs has always been something worth paying attention too. I've never been a fan of either fighter.

    With that said, Gaethje absolutely destroyed Ferguson. His boxing was incredible. There was never a moment in the entire fight that Ferguson was in the lead. The only thing he had to answer to Gaethje with was running away several times, and I mean that literally. I remember 3 or 4 times Tony turned and frantically ran away to avoid more punches. There were also a couple times Gaethje could have continued punching or a takedown after he landed a near-knockout punch, though just took a step back and let Ferguson readjust. Also, I've never seen a UFC fight not go to the ground a single time. The two kicked eachother quite a bit, though not once did anyone get knocked down or the fight go to grappling.

    Now that Gaethje holds the interim lightweight title he's saying he wants Khabib as his next fight. Warning to Gaethje, be careful what you wish for. Khabib is probably the most well-rounded fighter in the entire game. I don't know if Gaethje, or really anyone else for that matter has what it takes to beat him on the ground.

    A bit of a side note here. In my opinion, if Tony Ferguson would have fought Khabib back at UFC 209, Khabib would have destroyed him. Ferguson is good on his feet and can take however many punches Khabib lands, though as always, Khabib would have picked Ferguson apart and finished him on the ground via tapout. I would actually really like to see this fight now. If Khabib wouldn't have became ill just before that fight we'd know for sure.

  • Apr 09, 2020 02:06 PM
    Last: 2mo
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    Dallasite Wrote:

    This is great. So are the fights going to be PPV or free to watch? I think it might be tone deaf of the UFC to make them PPV at a time when everyone is struggling economically.

    Also, trips me out to see Greg Hardy on a UFC card still... rooting for Castro in that one for sure.

    I don't see any mention of the fights being PPV in the video or anywhere else I've seen it. I agree with you that it'd probably be frowned upon by alot of people for the fights to be behind a paywall right now. I'd even go as far as to say White should make UFC 249 free to watch, but they may already have the contracts wrote up and signed for it.

    If White can pull of this whole island thing like he's talking about, the UFC is about to see an enormous amount of good PR and many more fans around the world.

  • Apr 09, 2020 02:06 PM
    Last: 2mo
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    Dana White says he has secured a private island to host UFC events on during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan isn't as crazy as it sounds right of the bat. The very first fight on the island will be UFC 249 on April 18th headlined by Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje (full fight card below). White says he's already secured the secret U.S. island and has already began building the infrastructure.

    It makes sense to me. These fighters and training camps really aren't that large. It shouldn't be too difficult to get everyone tested and safe before entering the island. Once everyone is there they're all quarantined and don't have any other contact other than those who have already been tested.

    The biggest news here isn't just that it UFC 249 will take place on an island in just over a week, but that the island is set to host weekly fights for atleast the next two months. Yep, Dana White found a way to get around a pandemic and continue on an entire sport on an island. The fights will not be open to fans and will be broadcast on ESPN.

    White told ESPN, "So this place where this fight is going to be on April 18 I have locked up for two months, so I'm going to continue to pump fights out. I also secured an island. I've got an island. The infrastructure is being built right now. We're going to do all of our international fights on this island. So when we do this fight April 18, international and in the United States, we're going to start cranking. The UFC will be back up and running, internationally and here in the States."

    Here's White explaining more about how they're going about the entire process with the island and fights. You can start the video at the 2 minute mark if you don't want to here fighter info and whatnot.

    UCF 249 Fight Card

    Tony Ferguson vs Justin Gaethje

    Jessica Andrade vs Rose Namajunas

    Greg Hardy vs Yorgan De Castro

    Vicente Luque vs Niko Price

    Jeremy Stephens vs Calvin Kattar

  • Apr 05, 2020 03:41 PM
    Last: 2mo
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    He most certainly is one of the greatest to ever play the game. It would have been great if this would have happened before he passed away though. I hope that he at least knew he was eventually going to be inducted in at some point. His numbers don't lie and he had to of known where he stood with other past inductees.
  • Apr 07, 2020 09:20 AM
    Last: 15d
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    This is great. I really hope they can pull it off. I wouldn't think getting the players on board will be such a big deal. I can't see they have too much of a choice, what with contracts and all that. I'm sure the current situation gives a little bit of wiggle room, but I'd think they still have to play to earn.

    Also, I'm sure they're wanting to play just as much as everyone wants to see them play. This gives them that opportunity. And I wouldn't think 4-5 months is too much of a stretch for alot of the athletes. The go on training camps and whatnot and I'm sure quite a few of them are away for an extended amount of time pretty often. Then again, this might be a really good time to let the 2nd string players make their mark if some of the starters decide not to participate. I think it'd be really good for moral to see the MLB go on.

  • Apr 05, 2020 03:41 PM
    Last: 2mo
    190

    Two months after the helicopter crash that took him away from basketball fans around the world, it's now been released that Kobe Bryant will be posthumously inducted into the basketball Hall of Fame. Although it's incredibly sad that Bryant and his daughter are not here to accept the title, it's amazing that Bryant's skill and perseverance will be recognized by receiving the highest honer in the NBA. He absolutely deserves it.

    Kobe's wife Vanessa Bryant said, "We wish that he was here with us to celebrate but it's definitely the peak of his NBA career and every accomplishment that he had as an athlete was a stepping stone to be here. So we’re incredibly proud of him, and there’s some solace in knowing that he was probably going to be part of the 2020 Hall of Fame class"

    The other NBA inductees along with Bryant were Tim Duncan, Kevin Garnett and Tamika Catchings of the WNBA. There were also several coaches including Kim Mulkey of Baylor, Barbara Stevens of Bentley, Rudy Tomjanovich of Houston Rockets, Eddie Sutton of OSU and Arkansas and Patrick Baumann, an executive with the International Basketball Federation.

  • Mar 27, 2020 05:46 PM
    Last: 2mo
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    You bring up really good points. I didn't consider all the moving parts and people it takes just to prepare one single team or the amount of people that go into putting together a game. But I think it's a large enough corporation with an endless amount of money that's attempting to do it. They'd be losing so much money that I think they'll find a way to keep things going. I think that looks like playing without fans.

    That aside, I also agree with you that the country will be in a much, much better place by that point.

  • Mar 27, 2020 05:46 PM
    Last: 2mo
    206

    The NFL draft will begin on it's regularly scheduled date of April 23rd, as per Commissioner Roger Goodell. Even though the draft won't be as extravagant as it usually is, it at least gives all of us NFL fans some normalcy and is something to look forward to. Goodell said in a statement that he sees no reason to push the draft date back as "public health conditions are highly uncertain" at this time. This means that the draft will continue on with changes to account for social-distancing and no large gatherings. Goodell also said that the draft would be scaled down to reflect the current conditions and televised accordingly.

    That being said, this gives me great hope for the NFL season schedule. Obviously there's alot going on right now with coronavirus causing disruptions and the hold on most all sports, though what's still uncertain is if they (the NFL in particular) will continue on as regularly scheduled for the upcoming season. With this in mind i'm hopeful that the NFL will decide to start the preseason and regular season on time, whether with or without fans.

    No matter how you cut it, the NFL is loosing a tremendous amount of money due to any delays and they desperately want to stay on track with the schedule. I think that if anything does happen it will not affect the actual schedule, it will be played with limited fans. I think they'll release a statement saying something along the lines that the people need sports right now, and I think that's the right way to go.

    I believe this to be true for most all professional sports. NHL, MLB and especially golf can all do this. Golf is a rather easy one considering it isn't a contact sport and is played outside.