Boxing Show Down

Boxing is a sport that has been lost to the evolution of excitement provided by things such as MMA and UFC. But the sweet science is not dead yet. There has not been a fight as anticipated within the boxing ring since heavyweights collided in the Holyfield Tyson saga. On May 2, 2015 the welterweight champion of the world will be crowned after the long awaited showdown between the two most prolific boxers of our era.floyd_mayweather_vs_manny_pacquiao

Pound for pound Floyd “Money” Mayweather and Manny “Pac-man” Pacquiao are considered to two of the best ever. Both promoters are considering this face-off to be the largest event in boxing history. While the histrionics of the event are yet to be realized, the money that is on the table for the winner and loser are most definitely at the top of the all-time lists. The two fighters will split an estimated $200 million with Pac-man taking $80 and Mayweather bringing home a whopping $120 million.

Purse totals are dependant on how the tickets sell for TV and live seats. With projections estimating the fight will sell out for the live viewing and set records on TV, it is safe to say people are willing to pay to see the biggest boxing event since Mayweather fought Oscar De La Hoya in 2007, the hype of which pales in comparison to this long awaited bout.

The MGM Grand plans to sell an estimated 250 tickets with the cheapest seat going for $5,400. Floor seats, right next to the action will most likely start at $7,500 face value and are being projected to be sold for $28,000 on the secondary market. This type of high profile pricing and hype may be just what boxing needs to rejuvenate its aging public appearance.

Be sure to find a friend who is buying the fight on pay-per-view or head to a bar or restaurant to see the action! It is sure to be an experience for the books.


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Mock NFL Draft Top 10

With the NFL combine finished, prospects have begun to work out at pro days located on their college campuses. The dissection of players will continue as teams and scouts weigh talent with potential and leadership qualities. Mel Kiper, is an expert in predicting draft rank for prospects through matching teams needs and draft class offerings. He uses a number of metrics to determine value of a prospect including but not limited to, physical measurements, medical exams, team interviews, and of course skills assessment. Kipers newest rankings of the top ten picks for the NFL draft is below with the assessments attached and reasoning for rank.

#1 Jameis Winston, Quarterback–Tampa Bay BuccaneersAri kellen Jamies Winston

Winston had a solid showing at the combine although showing up with a slightly frumpy figure. His powerful delivery of the football along with accuracy has him atop the passers in the 2015 class. His team visits will play a vital role in assessment for Jameis as he has a public image that can be viewed as immature.

#2 Leonard Williams, Defensive End–Tennessee Titans

Capable of stopping the run as well as rushing the passer, Williams has the potential to be one of the best in the game in a three point stance. The Titans sure do need a force like him, they came in 31st against the rush and 25th in rushing the passer. Thats out of 32 teams for those who do not realize the severity of the case.

#3 Dante Fowler Jr., Defensive End–Jacksonville Jaguars

Kiper fancies Fowler to Khalil Mack the breakout rookie for the Oakland Raiders this year. Fowler ran a 4.6 forty yard dash showing that he can close space in record time with a big body.

#4 Kevin White, Wide Receiver– Oakland Raiders.

Running a 4.35 forty yard dash leaves many defensive backs in the league shaking in their boots waiting for this rookie to hit the gridiron. The Raiders need a deep threat and if you let White run, he can leave defensives shaking their heads as he is dancing in the end zone.

#5 Shane Ray, Defensive End–Washington Redskins

The Redskins desperately need an upgrade all across the defense but most glaringly in the front 7. Ray had 14.5 sacks for Missouri last year ranking third in the country.

#6 Marcus Mariota, Quarterback– New York Football JetsMarcus MAriotta Ari Kellen

A pick that is near and dear to my own heart, New York needs a quarterback to lead them to a championship. Mariota has the intangibles that you seek in a leader but questions have risen about his ability to translate from Oregon’s spread offense to a pro style format, along with passing accuracy. This guy has the work ethic to prove the doubters wrong. If he does not get scooped up as a number 1 expect to see him on the Jets roster.

#7 Randy Gregory, Defensive End–Chicago Bears

Inverting their 3-4 to a 4-3 with new coach John Fox daaa Bears will need an edge rusher to disrupt passers and hold down the edge of the line. Gregory has it all, and it is desperately needed to help the Bears storied defense climb back to greatness.

#8 Vic Beasley, Linebacker–Atlanta Falcons

This guy ran a 4.53, jumped a 41 inch vertical and cranked out 35 repetitions of 225lbs bench press. In short he is an animal and will hunt down anyone holding the ball. Expect to see him in the starting lineup immediately, and making an impact.

#9 Andrus Peat, Offensive Tackle– New York Giants

At the heart of every team is their offensive line, which makes it worth investing in to protect your two-time super bowl winning quarterback. The best o-lineman in the class will add an anchor to the front 5 and hopefully give them push in the running game along with security in the passing game.

#10 Amari Cooper, Wide Receiver–St. Louis Rams

A solid defense in St. Louis calls for an upgrade to its offensive unit. Cooper runs great routes and has soft hands. Combine that with a body built to sprint and you have an all around great wide out.

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NBA All-Star Weekend

With the biggest weekend in basketball in the mecca of the sport, New York City, all of the hype to catch high flying dunks, deep three point shots and the stars on one court.

Not only is the game in New York City, it will be a multi borough event taking place at Unknownboth the Barclays Center and Madison Square Garden. Expect to see all the celebrities courtside wearing the all star themed sneakers and shoes which are being released this weekend.

As for the events of the weekend. Everyone’s patience is running out in anticipation for the three point and dunk contests. This years three point contest is star studded with unbelievable talent including the Splash Brothers, Steph Curry and Klay Thompson, James Harden, Kyle Korver, Wesley Matthews, and Kyrie Irving. All the explosive talent is going to give the fans something to cheer about, this years three point contest will take place at the Barclays Center along with the dunk contest. This year’s dunk contest always has the buzz around it but this years three point contest is expected to cause more attention.

As always though, the all star game will take center stage at the worlds most famous arena, Madison Square Garden. We will be seeing all of the regulars from LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony all the way to the upcoming stars of the league such as Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving and Anthony Davis. This years weekend is turning into New York City into a playground with NBA events all over the city. New Yorker’s are loving all of the great transformations the NBA is giving the city.

Leading vote getter this year LeBron James explains how honored he is to be playing with such great talent on the biggest stage in the world. This weekend should live up to the expectations, especially the three point and dunk contest. Tune in this Saturday February 14th around 7PM EST to catch all the action.

AFC Championship: Patriots vs. Colts

Its the most wonderful time of the year, playoff football in the college ranks and the NFL. With the first ever college playoff ending last night, we set our sights on the upcoming championship games for the NFL. In particular lets dive into the AFC where we have been denied our right to see the rivalry between Peyton Manning and Tom Brady continue. Who is the culprit? Andrew Luck and the Indianapolis Colts with their dominant performance in Denver last week.

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The scrappy Andrew Luck will face off against the seasoned veteran Tom Brady who seems to attract winning games like mice to cheese. Historically, the Colts have not seen much success when Luck is starting vs the Pats, with three blowout losses. Luck accounted for 8 turnovers himself during those three games. Looking at this upcoming game optimistically, Luck just defeated a pro bowl pass rush and future hall of fame QB in a hostile Denver. Proponents say if he can do it there, he can do it in New England.

While the Patriots defense has great talent that needs to be navigated by the Colts offense, they showed they are, in fact vulnerable with their performance against Baltimore. The Ravens gained a total of 428 yards of offense and average almost yards per carry on the ground. The keys to holding up against this defensive front? Stay away from Revis Island, that guy still has it, that past knee injury is no longer a factor in his game. The Colts offensive line also needs to give luck time in the pocket the way they did in Denver. If he remains vertical and able to drive through his passing motion, they are going to see some success.

On the flip side of the ball, the Patriots offense have been averaging 48 points over the last three games. A tall task for the Colts defense to stand up to. With that being said, these Indy defenders looked extremely impressive against Peyton Manning and the Denver offense that is filled with weapons at his disposal. If they can find a solution to Rob Gronkowski’s caveman-like strength and ballerina-like ability to stay on his feet, they have a great chance to hold Tom Brady at bay.

Tune in to the game this weekend as these two teams meet in Foxboro for the chance to punch their ticket to the big show.

 

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College Football National Champion Buckeyes

Last night saw one of the most intensively anticipated climax to a college football season to date with the final of the first ever college football playoff. The Oregon Ducks were matched up and favored over the Ohio State Buckeyes who gathered in Texas at the Dallas Cowboys home stadium, AT&T Stadium.

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The first quarter began with the to be expected, offensive blast from the season-long dominant Ducks. Up 7-0 after their first drive, Oregon fans were feeling optimistic. The Ezekiel Elliott checked in to the game.

Elliott was a honorable mention running back in the Big10, a fact that leaves this sports fan flabbergasted as he set a National Championship record for rushing in a game at 246 yards on 36 carries. Early in the game it seemed as though Oregon had him under control by stacking the box with 8+ defensemen. As the second quarter came around, Elliott took over and started lashing enormous gains open from his supreme vision and speed, coupled with poor gap control by the Ducks defense.

What is even more impressive is that this is not an anomaly from Ezekiel Elliott, this is the third game in a row that he rushed for more than 220 yards. It is not like he has played easy teams the past few games either, he has totalled 696 yards against Wisconsin, Alabama, and Oregon, some of the best teams in the country.

Buckeye nation is not surprised at their national championship win as in the last three seasons, Ohio State has compiled a 38-3 record under the direction of former Florida Gators coach, Urban Meyer. This guy has a knack for winning as he picks up where he left off when he departed from Florida. This coach has turned a third string quarterback, and a first year running back into a national champion, and did so with some style points.

Oregon on the other hand suffers yet another postseason collapse after a stellar season. Some jitters were noticed early in the game as key third down passes were dropped on consecutive drives. In total three third downs were floundered from dropped passes. Other than those instances, Mariotta played strong, throwing two touchdowns and completing 24-37 for 333 yards with 39 rushing yards. With Mariotta departing this year for the NFL, who will take the reigns in the coming season? A better question will be, who will be able to give them as good a chance to make it to the national championship as this super efficient, high first round draft pick.

Congratulations to the Ohio State Buckeyes, enjoy it!

 

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Giants Fans, Take It Easy On Tom Coughlin

New York Giants have had their share of ups and downs this season, but sitting at 5-9 their playoff hopes are all but delusional. While the season wraps up soon, many are looking to the activity that will pick up after the last whistle is blown. Coach Tom Coughlin finds himself on the hot seat once again this year as the Giants have not performed up to the standard they set for themselves. While winning and losing seasons are always the responsibility of the guys in charge, Tom Coughlin might not be the one who is screwing the pooch.Ari kellen | Tom Coughlin

Lets look at what he has accomplished over his tenure as not only a NYG coach but a football coach in general. Coughlin got his coaching career started in the NFL being assistant to Bill Parcells, an admired pedigree in today’s coaching world. He helped that Giants team win Superbowl XXV. Ring number 1. He later went on to become the head coach of Boston College, where he began as an assistant earlier in life, being the offensive coordinator for Doug Flutie. Then as a head coach, this guy turned BC into the storied winner that they are attempting to regrasp today. The highlight of that stint was beating #1 ranked Notre Dame in ‘93. Not too shabby huh?

He then got the chance to be a head coach of an NFL team, the brand new Jacksonville Jaguars. He took them to an AFC championship after TWO years in existence. He later finished his tenure there with two AFC championship visits. The most successful NFL expansion team in league history.

2003 comes along and the New York Football Giants hire this guy they’re so eager to get rid of today. Since coming on 10 years ago, he has made the playoffs 5 times, thats 50% for you math buffs. Of those 5 visits to the post season, they won 2 Superbowls, 40% boys and girls. All along the way Giants fans have been screaming bloody murder about getting rid of him. Giants fans, take it easy, your last super bowl was 4 years ago. And look at it this way, at least your not the Jets.


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Jets Frustration

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Being a New Yorker born and bred I have had the opportunity to see many-a-football game. Attending both the Jets and the Giants play at the Meadowlands and now Metlife stadium was always a pleasure until my frustration set in. Neither have had a great year and in total, New York sports have taken a turn for the worst. Today I would like to highlight the ridiculous dog and pony show that is the New York Jets. I am a true Jets fan, defined by the fact that when the Giants and Jets play, I’m wearing Gang Green. But I have not taken out my lone green jersey (Curtis Martin) in years from the sheer embarrassment they bring to me. This year I have found that I am not alone in my depression regarding the guys in green, this is highlighted by an enormous push to have GM John Idzik fired from his current position, check out ( http://firejohnidzik.com ). The guy has made awful moves regarding salary cap, draft choices, and trades. He is not alone on the hot seat as Rex Ryan, who is a genuinely good guy has failed to develop talent and win games. I will give it to him though, it is hard to be above .500 as a coach with an arm tied behind your back. Gang Green has been playing hard despite their abysmal record and nonexistent playoff hopes. They managed to squeak out a win over the equally bad Tennessee Titans this past week, which might put them out of reach of a number one draft choice. This is a GREAT thing. If we had that #1 pick, we would either pick up a rookie quarterback and poorly transition him to the league like we have done the past two starters, or we would trade down for an older vet and then pick up another disappointment. This all might sound a bit pessimistic but what do you expect after two decades of losing, getting close to winning, losing, so on and so forth. The keys to victory for next year? Clear house, and hire some capable front office folk, who can hire a capable coaching staff.

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