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    Video: Marc Gasol hits game winner versus Spurs in Overtime, NBA Playoffs

    Apr 23 • NBA • 47 Views

    After Kawhi Leonard and Mike Conley traded baskets all fourth quarter and overtime, Marc Gasol made the basket to tie the series at 2 when he drove the lane hitting a semi-floater to put the Grizzlies up 110-108.

    This game was an instant classic, countless Leonard and Conley big shots this was a game you didn’t want to end. 

    Check out the game winner.

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    Video: “Iso” Joe Johnson hits game winner versus Clippers, NBA Playoffs

    Apr 16 • NBA • 46 Views

    Joe Johnson took a trip back in the time machine on the Los Angeles Clippers as he blew by Jamal Crawford to knock down a floater in the final seconds to allow the Utah Jazz to steal game one on the road 97-95. Johnson finished with 21 points, 3 rebounds and 3 assists.

    Check out the play below.

    Will the Jazz be able to steal game two in LA?

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  • Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson (28) runs  against the Detroit Lions as Vikings quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (5) watches in the first half of an NFL football game in Minneapolis, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. (AP Photo/Ann Heisenfelt)

    A Farewell to Adrian Peterson As Member of the Minnesota Vikings

    Mar 23 • NFL • 95 Views

    It’s been a rough couple of years for me as a Minnesota Vikings fan to say the least. For as long as I can remember I’ve been a fan of purple and gold. Being a Laker fan is in my DNA, my dad rocked with the Showtime Lakers, and he still believes Magic is the GOAT. My grandpa rocked with Wilt, West and Baylor, and I carried the family tradition rooting for Kobe Bryant. My high school colors were also purple and gold. The colors were fitting, and it just was always there. Right now my focus is on another purple and gold team I happen to love though, that featured arguably one of the best running backs in NFL history–Adrian Peterson. It’s likely we’ll lose running back Peterson for good, our franchise player since 2007.

    Somewhat controversial at times, but undeniably talented Peterson was the face of the organization before President Obama came into office (feeling old yet?). Personally but probably factually also, Peterson has been the reigning top back in the league since being drafted in 2007 out of Oklahoma. There have been others who challenged the title (Chris Johnson, Steven Jackson, Jamaal Charles, Marshawn Lynch) but none had his longevity. The odd thing about him was he bounced back from serious injury better than ever. The average NFL career span is only a few years and even shorter for a running back. They literally have a collision on each possession. Not to mention the position is becoming increasingly extinct as the league is transitioning to a pass 1st 2nd and 3rd league.

    He’s ran for 11,747 yards all in Minnesota. There is a lot of tread on those tires and he will be 32 years of age tomorrow, ancient for a starting running back. He’s coming off of a right lateral meniscus injury that shortened his 2016 season in which he rushed for only 72 yards. With those things I completely understand why management cannot afford to pay what he’s asking for to bring him back it just does not make sense. Farewell Adrian I hope you rush for 2,500 next season where ever you end up.

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    Lopez and Ibaka actually throw blows (Video)

    Mar 21 • NBA • 132 Views

    Man the NBA has been chippy as of late and I like it Robin Lopez and Serge Ibaka both threw real punches and missed after Lopez bumped into Ibaka and was hip checked.

    Both players were ejected in the third quarter. Adam Silver just fine them since they both missed their thrown punches. 

    Check out the video.

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    Video: Russell Westbrook puts DeMarcus Cousins’ on a poster

    Feb 27 • NBA • 147 Views

    While everybody is worrying about if Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant talked during All-Star Weekend, Westbrook has still been playing some great basketball. The walking triple double sought out his latest victim in the great DeMarcus “Boogie” Cousins. Westbrook brought the thunder (no pun intended) to Cousins, Sunday evening on his way to another triple double.

    Check out the play if you haven’t seen it.

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  • Atlanta prepares to #UniteAndConquer in Major League Soccer

    Atlanta United: a closer look, and how they’re changing the game

    Feb 27 • MLS • 137 Views

    Another MLS season is ahead of us. Another two teams joining the party. Minnesota United and Atlanta United are about to field their starting XI for their inaugural season, and while excitement from supporters and critics alike surround each organization’s debut, Atlanta United has made headlines specifically for paving its own path. From the players to the stadium and everything in between, AU is turning heads and refuses to follow the norm.

     

    Old stadium not suited for soccer? Nah, they’ll pass.

    When you look at original franchises like New England & DC United, a soccer specific stadium is still lacking. When these games are televised, the matches are less eccentric with the stadium half empty. These football stadiums are simply not designed to host soccer matches and aren’t downsized properly when the whistle blows. A similar thing can be said about Orlando, who played their first two seasons in a football stadium. Orlando filled the seats, but one could occasionally see the football lines which ruined the aesthetic. NYCFC currently plays in an MLB stadium and faces challenges such as an insanely small field and implications due to transforming the field back and forth.

    United is set to play its first eight home games at a temporary location, Georgia Tech’s Bobby Dodd Stadium. Although come summer 2017, the Mercedes-Benz Stadium will become the official home. The new world class stadium will host both the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United and looks to accommodate both accordingly.

    Arthur Blank, the owner, says sharing the field between teams wont be a problem. “There will never be an MLS game in Atlanta where NFL lines are shown on the field.”

    Notable features include a retractable roof, a 360 degree screen, a 70,000 seat capacity which will be downsized to 30,000, retractable stands to expand field size, and curtains that will hide the upper level seats enabling an intimidating atmosphere.

    For more details about how they’re changing the game day experience for fans, you can dive into it below!

    http://www.atlutd.com/post/2016/05/16/home-atlanta-united-mercedez-benz-stadium-begins-revolutionizing-guest-experience

     

    Retiring DP’s? Nah, they’ll pass.

    A common trend among the league has been to sign older, veteran players from across the globe. In most cases, its simply to market the club. We can take a closer look at NYCFC. Signing Frank Lampard and Andrea Pirlo boosted ticket sales no doubt, but the performance on the field was not what the supporters were expecting – playoffs were not reached.

    Atlanta is paving its own path; United has used its three Designated Player spots on young players. How young? All in their early 20’s and mostly all from the Argentina first division. Miguel Almiron was one of their first signings and was revealed as Atlanta’s number 10. The young man, 23, was sought after by several European clubs and has 7 appearances for the Paraguayan national team. His previous club was Lanus in Argentina’s first division.

    The other two signings were Hector Villababa and Josef Martinez. Villababa is a 22-year-old midfielder from San Lorenzo playing in the Argentina first division, while Martinez is a 23-year-old forward currently on loan from Italian side Torino. Martinez actually suited up for Venezuela during CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifying and sits fourth in the leading goal scorer table with five goals.

    other distinguishing young signings:

    • Yamil Asaad, attacking midfielder, age 22, on loan from Argentina first side Velez Sarsfield
    • Anton Walker, defensive midfielder, age 20, on loan from Tottenham
    • Leandro Gonzales, defense, age 24, has played for multiple first division teams in Argentina, accumulating more than 100 first team appearances

     

    Coach with previous MLS experience? Nah, they’ll pass

    Sigi Schmid and Adrian Heath were names being thrown around late last year and speculation soon grew if they would return to the league. I was sure Atlanta would make a logical choice and go with one of those guys, having previous MLS experience.

    Then I woke up one early morning, one eye opened, scrolling down my twitter feed.

    Gerardo “Tata” Martino named head coach of MLS expansion side Atlanta United”

    I literally was in awe.

    If you’re not familiar with Tata’s resume, all you need to know is that he coached at Barcelona (runner up in Copa Del Rey and La Liga) and the Argentina national team (led his side to Copa America final and Copa America Centenario final)… yea, no MLS experience but I am not complaining. Martino is known for his attack minded, high pressing football and it will be interesting how his playing philosophy fairs in MLS.

    As for what the players and media are saying, he’s a very affable man.

    “[Martino’s] been great for us. He’s really been open with his communication. He’s made it clear he wants it to be physical, he wants it to be intense on the field. But off the field he’s very approachable. He’s working on his English and we’re all working on our Spanish and we’re making it work,” says Parkhurst, 33, recently named captain of AU.

     

    The journey ahead is long, my friend.

    Listen, I am as hyped as you guys are to see these plans come to fruition. Everything is lining up perfectly for this organization to have a great season and maybe…maybe reach playoffs; previous expansion sides have not had that luck.

    Precisely six MLS expansion teams have failed to finish above the red line come postseason since Seattle in 2009. This includes in 2015 with NYCFC (Villa, Lampard, Pirlo) and Orlando City (KAKA!!). Tata is yet to learn the elements of MLS and they have proven to be tricky ones. United is definitely looking to be a menace on and off the field but one can’t be too optimistic.

     

     

    With the season starting in a few weeks, preseason is looking pretty good.

    On February 12th, Atlanta played their first game ever… and they’re already scoring GOLAZOS. Check out the vid below.

     

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    Despite Recent Struggles, Carmelo Anthony Deserves Respect For His Basketball Legacy

    Feb 1 • NBA • 141 Views

    Carmelo Anthony is not an NBA all-star this season. I repeat one of the most dynamic scorers in NBA history was not selected for this years all star game. Meaning players, coaches, and fans did not feel he was in the top twelve best players in his conference. 

     The New York Knicks are 21-28 and currently sit in 11th place in their conference. Carmelo’s name has been thrown around in more trade rumors than Meek Mill diss records exist.
    Comparisons exist in most things in life.

     Whether it be by brand, era, location etc… we constantly compare things often times those which are incomparable. With Carmelo however this is not the case. Unlike Kobe and Mike or Shaq and Olajuwon players whose careers may have overlapped but never actually facing each other in their primes, Carmelo is compared to someone who plays his position and was taken in the exact same draft (2003) he was. 

    LeBron James is generally recognized as the best player from that draft, the best player in the NBA currently and the best player of his generation. Rightfully so, LeBron  has earned that spot but it should not diminish Carmelo’s greatness. Career averages of 25ppg 7rebs 3asst over a 13 year career with playoff battles versus the Lakers and Spurs and 3 gold medals equate to nothing but respect.

    However as an aging star still putting up stellar numbers 23ppg 6rebs 3asst (he scored a season high 45 points against the Hawks last night) shooting 36% from three point range the Melo man’s name has been swirling around trade rumors.

     Every night it seems he’s answering questions from the media about his feelings on being traded and if it’s time for New York to blow it up and rebuild. He’s answering questions about why teams aren’t accepting him in trades specifically the defending champ Cavs giving up Kevin Love for him which is a bit bizarre. 

     All I’m saying is a hall of famer does not warrant this type of treatment. That said, it’s time to put some respect on his name.

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    Video: Marshawn Lynch x Skittles go to Houston!

    Jan 31 • Advertisements, NFL • 199 Views

    My guy Marshawn Lynch is for the people he went to Houston for the Super Bowl with Skittles, but it wasn’t Houston, Texas it was Houston, Scotland. Check out Lynch in the commercial.

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    Target joins MLS and Minnesota United as official partner

    Jan 31 • MLS, Other • 187 Views

    AT&T, Wells Fargo, Heineken, Coca-Cola, Allstate, Etihad Airways, Audi.

    Now – Target.

    On Thursday, the league announced Target as their latest addition of corporate sponsors. On top of the league-wide deal, MNUFC will suit up with the iconic red and eye bulls-eye displayed on the front side of their kit.

    Target is already involved in the action sports scene, but partnering with MLS signifies its largest push into the sports world.

    “There are so many things that drew us to soccer – it’s multicultural, watched and played by families and is growing immensely in popularity,” Rick Gomez, Target senior vice president of Marketing said in a statement.

    This partnership will include “brand integration across platforms, including broadcast, digital, video, content, in-stadium and on-site activation at marquee MLS events,” per MLS.com.

    Target currently holds naming rights partnerships with two Minnesota sports facilities: Target Field and Target Center – home of the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Timberwolves, respectively.

    When it comes to the kit sponsorship, on field branding and in-stadium activation rights is also included in the bundle. The Target brand will be on display at TCF Bank Stadium throughout the inaugural season.

    Minnesota United will commence playing in MLS this March, after years of playing in the United Soccer League. The team has already sold more than 8,000 season ticket deposits and will join the Eastern Conference with ex-Orlando City coach Adrian Heath.

    “We look forward to helping launch Minnesota United FC to the world and bring soccer to the Twin Cities, which has been Target’s hometown for more than 50 years,” said Rick Gomez, senior vice president, Marketing, Target. “Target has a long history of supporting our local teams and are proud to be part of Major League Soccer’s expansion into the Twin Cities this year.”

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    Video: Aaron Rodgers hits Randall Cobb with a Hail Mary touchdown before the half against the New York Giants

    Jan 9 • NFL • 193 Views

    Everybody is going to point at the boat situation with O’Dell and crew, but it was just Aaron Rodgers going Aaron Rodgers on the Giants defense sometimes you are at the wrong place at the wrong time. This weekend the Giants happened to be at Lambeau Field and that wasn’t the place to be. They caught the fade and Rodgers hit Cobb for a 41 yard Hail Mary before the half and teams and players had flashbacks.

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