When Will Sports Continue As Normal?

Our communal psyche as American citizens has been drained during the past few months, as state and local governments put into place mandatory social distancing measures to help protect everyone from the seemingly inexorable spread of the coronavirus and the disease it causes, COVID-19. Now, governments are on the path to lifting those restrictions (prematurely or not). This has everyone asking the question: when will sports continue as normal?

The answer is simple: probably not for a very long time. 

But everyone is adapting at their own pace. And that doesn’t mean that you won’t be able to watch your favorite professional sport get played soon. Major League Soccer is scheduled to make a limited return at some point in July for a tournament. Teams will play for six weeks in Orlando. The MLS hopes they will be able to play from home soon thereafter.

The National Hockey League has yet to decide on when to return for its postseason, or how the next season will play out. We do know that the season will actually begin with playoffs, albeit with more teams than usual.

Should the players union for Major League Baseball strike a deal with owners, the next season could start as soon as July. Drop your expectations, though, because these deals are never easy — and coronavirus itself could still get in the way.

We still not sure about college football, but reports are optimistic. ESPN’s Adam Schefter said, “They sound certain there still will be college football this season.” Time will tell.

The Indy 500, originally scheduled for May 24, was moved to August 23.

These dates are all tentative. When businesses reopen and restrictions are relaxed, we can expect a large number of new coronavirus cases. This might cause governments to rethink plans to reopen (but we think not) and major sports leagues to rethink their own plans (and we think this will be the case). For now, it’s safe to say that many of these sports will be available to watch — but only from home.

Another Hazing Scandal Reduces De La Salle High School Football Team By Three

Hazing rituals have been popular on American campuses for more than a century, but authorities are only beginning to crack down on the bad behavior now — and mostly only because public awareness of how bad hazing can get is more pervasive than it used to be. But are hazing rituals becoming common at high schools too?

A new scandal out of De La Salle High School has resulted in the indefinite suspension of at least three football players who, police say, will probably face criminal charges.

Warren Police Commissioner Bill Dwyer said that the hazing ritual involved sexual harassment with broomsticks, but there was no obvious case of sexual assault. “There was no penetration,” he said. The Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office will likely file charges after the police file their own report. 

Dwyer described the three players as uncooperative. Their parents forbade them from speaking to the police without an attorney present. Other players on the team — apparently even those who have not been charged — have hired criminal defense attorneys because of the alleged incident.

Investigators interviewed 59 De La Salle High School football players and six other school officials, Dwyer said. According to the report the investigators will file, the players have been a united front against providing details, and only one victim has been located.

Dwyer said, “The students were very guarded … The coach indicated he had no knowledge whatsoever about the incident and that he wouldn’t tolerate it.” Of the kids, he continued: “We need their cooperation. We want their cooperation. … Hazing is a very serious issue.”

The allegations come at a bad time for the De La Salle High School football team, because they were scheduled to be in the playoffs the same day the authorities began their investigation. Because of the hazing incident, the school was forced to forfeit a separate game the night before. 

The school notified parents via email: “We have recently discovered a series of hazing incidents conducted by several players on our varsity team. And many players on the team appear to have been aware of such hazing but failed to report it.”

That’s a good description of the larger problem — elsewhere, these incidents often go without notice until someone is seriously injured because students don’t step forward out of fear of retaliation. De La Salle said, “The hazing has deeper roots, and is more pervasive than originally thought.”

More details of the incident are expected in the coming days and weeks as the prosecutor’s office files charges against at least three players on the team.

Common Injuries During Professional And Casual Football Games

Serious injury is common during football games both professional and casual, although death as a result of playing is still rare. That said, the possibility of fatal injury is still a common concern especially in high school or college games. These are the most common injuries that players often experience as a result of being on the field.

  1. There’s a reason that so many athletes receive hamstring massages before, during, or after a big game. It’s because a strain of this muscle is one of the most common injuries on the field. The muscle cluster runs from the butt all the way down to behind the knee. Football players are most likely to injure themselves this way during a kick or while running.

  2. Players will often tear important ligaments in or around the knee. This most often occurs when the surrounding muscles haven’t been exercised or used properly before continuous or repetitive exercise or activity. They prevent an athlete from moving or running, and can take a player out of the game for an entire season.

  3. A rotator cuff strain is another injury that players will incur, most often after a bad throw or a poor tackle. The four muscles of the rotator cuff act as a support at the shoulder joint, and straining or tearing any of these muscles can result in extreme pain.

  4. As with any athlete, shin splints are a common concern. This injury, also called tibial stress syndrome, results from inflammation in the muscles and tendons that help support the shinbone. It’s painful, and must be treated with rest.

  5. Not surprisingly, football players incur concussions at a phenomenally high rate regardless of whether the game is professional or casual. Football players experience concussion at a rate of about 75 percent. Growing awareness of this statistic is why many people joke that we’ll all be watching our kids play flag football in a hundred years.

  6. Chuck Hughes of the Detroit Lions is the only player in the NFL to have died on the field. He had a family history of heart disease, and an underlying condition that had gone unnoticed. He dropped during a game, and began to have convulsions after blood flow to his heart was completely cut off. He was pronounced dead after a visit to the hospital.  

What Determines The Top WRs In Football History?

When it comes to ranking wide receivers, there is a lot of criteria to consider. Some might be more inclined to rank the flashy wide receivers with the spectacular catchers and some might appreciate the excellence in route running and good hands. Below, we will be going over some of the things that determine the top WRs in football history.

What Determines The Top WRs In Football History?

1. Stats

The main thing that people look at when it comes to ranking wide receivers would have to be stats. This is where receivers like Jerry Rice have excelled. However, unlike some of the other receivers that are arguably the greatest, Jerry Rice was able to win Super Bowls and even Super Bowl MVP awards. Jerry Rice is the clear favorite when it comes to ranking top WRs because he was arguably the greatest NFL player of all time. Once you get past Jerry Rice and his historic numbers, you have a less clear view of the next best WR. However, Randy Moss’ sheer athleticism and stats stand out which would have to put him at number 2. The remaining WR rankings would depend if you were to look at per season stats or longevity as a primary factor. During his career, Calvin Johnson put up some of the biggest seasons ever by a WR and a guy like Larry Fitzgerald has had the longevity and consistency that most WRs dream of.

2. Longevity

As noted above, longevity has to be a factor when it comes to ranking WRs. After all, there have been a lot of dominant WRs to enter the NFL only to lose their effectiveness once their athleticism diminishes slightly. Those that can continue to dominate the game in different ways either with their route running, line domination, or football IQ – are the real special receivers. Having longevity is key when it comes to ranking the top WRs of all time since the position itself inherently relies a lot on speed and athleticism which doesn’t last an entire career. The rate of birth injury NYC for NFL WRs is high, this also plays a factor in their longevity.

3. Football IQ

Football IQ and things like route running are other factors that have to be considered when you are ranking the top WRs in the game. Some WRs outsmart defensive backs instead of relying solely on athleticism.

Overall, ranking the top WRs can be tough because of the different criteria that can be used for the ranking. However, one ranking is indisputable which is Jerry Rice being the greatest WR to ever play football.

Shaun White Makes History That Could Be Erased

For some reason this year I’ve been heavily invested in the Winter Olympics. In 2016, I didn’t even watch a single event in the Summer Olympics, yet here I am two years later ignoring my regularly scheduled television to watch Alpine Skiing. But because I have been so obsessed, I was able to see Shaun White earn his history third gold medal in the men’s snowboarding halfpipe.

It was an absolute nail-biter. During White’s first run he performed several tricks earning him a pretty solid score of 94 points. However, Japanese snowboarder Ayumu Hirano during the second run of the course beat White’s score with a 95. During White’s second he fell, meaning that going into the third run of the event, Shaun White had to have a flawless run. He was in charge of his own destiny. I held my breath and he did his third one. It looked perfect to me but what do I know? When the scores came in – he got a 97 and earned his third gold medal.

However, rather than celebrating this milestone in White’s career, the sexual misconduct allegation filed against him in 2016 is now being brought to light putting his Olympic medical in jeopardy. White is being accused by the drummer of his former rock band Bad Things, Lena Zawaideh. She has claimed the Olympian had “repeatedly sexually harassed her and forced his authoritarian management style on her for over seven years.” The sexual harassment, that Zawaideh claims to have occurred constituted sending sexually explicit images, forcing the watching of sexually disturbed video (including scat porn), and making verbal remarks.

And during today’s political climate you have two lines of thought regarding these sexual misconduct accusations. In light of the #MeToo movement, many are wondering why these allegations were not looked into the Olympic committee and how he could have possibly been able to play on the Olympic team in Pyeongchang. However, you also have those who accuse Zawaideh of seeking her 15 minutes of fame against the sports celebrity.

My only response to this is goddamnit Shaun White. Everyone is considered innocent until proven guilty however the way our media works in our country, everyone is guilty until proven innocent. This lawsuit that was filed in 2016 settled out of court. We will never know what Shaun agreed to or not in the settlement. However, when he was asked about the allegations after his gold-winning Olympic run, Shaun responded to an ABC News reporter “Honestly, I’m here to talk about the Olympics, not gossip and stuff.”

Now, A.J. Perez, the lawyer for Zawaideh is saying that Shaun breached the contract and has minized the problem of sexual harassment that is happening within our country. He is also calling for the United States to do their due diligence and do a proper investigation.

Shaun White plans on competing in the skateboarding program at the 2020 Summer Olympics and defending his snowboarding gold medal at the 2022 Winter Olympics. If he cannot get this behind him, and in the past, then he might lose his hero status with the country.

 

How To Measure The Best Quarterbacks

There have been a lot of good quarterbacks in NFL history. Figuring out which one was the best is a complicated equation. It ultimately depends on what you are looking at when you are trying to determine which one is the best of the best. Below, we will be going over some of the main things that you are likely going to look at when you are trying to decide.

Figuring Out Who Are The Best Quarterbacks In NFL History:

1. Individual Stats.

One of the main things that you are going to likely look at when you are trying to figure out which quarterbacks are the best is individual stats. This is likely going to be one of the first things that you consider because it dictates which QB’s were able to change the game by themselves and what they were able to do by themselves. This includes a variety of things including passing yards, rushing yards, passing touchdowns, rushing touchdowns, passer rating, completion percentages, passing yards, and more. While these are excellent things to look at, there are other factors at play that should be considered as well.

2. Team Achievements.

Because a quarterback is arguable the most integral component of a successful team, team accomplishments should be looked at as well. For instance, how can the greatest quarterback of all time have never brought his team to the playoffs or won a playoff game? Perhaps his team was so bad that he never had a chance? This is a good question that needs to be asked. With that being said, most of the great quarterbacks or those considered great have achieved a high level of team performance on the biggest stage. Therefore, the number of NFL super bowl appearances and victories has to be at least considered.

Who is going to be the next great quarterback? Will it be Jared Goff in Los Angeles, or Jameis Winston in Tampa Bay? We can’t wait to find out.

With that in mind, please have fun watching this video about the best quarterbacks ever:

The Best Comebacks In Sports History

There is nothing more invigorating than watching a team comeback from behind in a big game.

It is something fans enjoy and want to see as much as they wish to see a car crash at a NASCAR race. So, what are some of the best comebacks in sports history?

1) Boston Red Sox (2004)

It doesn’t get better than this in the world of baseball. The Boston Red Sox were notorious for not being able to win and having a “curse” on them in the playoffs. Well, this was one way of breaking through the shackles. They were down 3-0 to their arch-rivals the Yankees and came all the way back to win it in game 7.

2) Michigan State Football (2006)

When you’re down 38-3 with 10 minutes to play, you tend to give up and call it a day.

The Michigan State Football team didn’t do that. They decided it was time to make a comeback and that is what they did. They rallied all the way back to win it 41-38 leaving their opponent in shock. It is still recorded as the biggest comeback in college football history.

3) Philadelphia Flyers (2010)

Just like the Boston Red Sox, the Philadelphia Flyers were in a real pickle. They were trapped in a 3-0 deficit against the strong Boston Bruins. Well, they were able to mount a complete comeback leaving the Bruins stunned as to how they could lose.

These are the best comebacks in sports history, and each one has changed the definition of winning for those teams. It is all about recognizing never to give up and continuing to play hard until that final buzzer goes. This is the beauty of a team sport and how it works to bring people together.

Biggest Basketball Rivalries

If you’re only a casual fan of the sport, you might not know off the top of your head what are the biggest basketball rivalries. There are many rivalries within this world, but a few stand out from the others.

At the college level, look to the state of North Carolina for one of the most passionate rivalries. The games between Carolina (UNC-Chapel Hill) and Duke University are such fervent affairs that they are often nationally televised across the whole country. These two Atlantic Coast Conference schools account for a great number of national titles, and it’s rare to have a Final Four without one or both teams involved.

At a professional level, the NBA seems to have two big rivalries, depending on the timeframe you’re looking at. If you’re talking about the league’s entire history of roughly five decades, then it’s easily the Boston Celtics versus the Los Angeles Lakers, as these two franchises dominated the 1980s when the league started hitting real success. Also, these two franchises have roughly half the titles the league has ever given out.

More recently, the biggest basketball rivalry in the NBA has been the Cleveland Cavaliers versus the Golden State Warriors, as these two teams have faced each other in the Finals three consecutive times, a feat never before accomplished.

On an international level, the biggest basketball rivalry might just be the United States versus the rest of the world at the Olympics and other global games. Even before professionals were allowed to compete for their nations, the United States had dominated the men’s sport routinely, and has done so quite well after too. Many nations, particularly from Europe, have started closing the gap, but they’re often competing for a silver medal or second place.

One big rivalry that seems to be brewing is between the WNBA and the NBA, even though they’re part of the same larger organization. Women basketball players are struggling to prove that they can play just as well, competitively, and entertainingly as the men.

The Biggest National League Baseball Rivalry

One of the biggest baseball rivalries is between the St Louis Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs. For years, the Astros were also in the mix until the team moved to the American League. While the Cubs and Cardinals rivalry is often overshadowed by the rivalry between the Yankees and the Red Sox, it is one of the biggest rivalries in the National League.

Both the Chicago Cubs and the St Louis Cardinals are two of the oldest teams in baseball. Both of them are also always full of talent and top contenders as teams. However, the rivalry has also been fueled by the fact that the Cardinals have had so much success in comparison to the Cubs. That has changed a little in recent years though; if you remember the Cubs finally getting that next World Series win.

The Cubs and Cardinals have always been friendly rivals, but competition does get the best of people at times. It is going to be interesting to see how this rivalry continues to play out. Make no mistake about it though. The friendly part of the rivalry is always going to be there. It is part of baseball history. Fans of and members of both teams would love to join hands and declare each side the winner at the same time, with the rivalry still intact.

That is not possible when it comes to the game of baseball. One side will have to eventually concede each time both teams step onto the field. However, there will always be another game. It is unfortunate that these teams cannot meet in the World Series due to them both being in the National League. Fans can still watch them fight for the division title though and see which one gets to play a series for the pennant.

Things can always change in the future. Will the Cubs or Cardinals ever switch leagues or divisions like the Astros did? Anything can happen, but you can bet that the Cubs and Cardinals will always be friendly rivals, no matter what. It is sports, it is baseball and it is part of American history.

The Best NBA Point Guards of All-Time

For basketball fans, the point guard is a special position. This is usually the shortest guy on the floor, but when they’re good, they can completely dominate the game. The best point guards are usually pass-first kinds of players. They are quick to subjugate their own skills so that their teammates are a part of the play. This is why assist totals are a point guard’s leading indicator. So who are the best point guards of all time? Let’s take a look.

Walt Frazier

Frazier is a must when considering the best point guards in history. He was a 7-time All D selection and is the Hall of Fame. He played for both the New York Knicks and the Cavaliers in a career that spanned 13 years.

Kevin Johnson

Johnson was pretty tall for a point guard, coming in at 6′ 1″. He played for 13 years and was one of the few point guards in history that consistently earned 10 assists and 20 points every time they played.

Isiah Thomas

Thomas’ floor career was often overshadowed by his front office and coaching career, but he was a great point guard. He led the Detroit Pistons to back-to-back championships during his 13 years with the team.

John Stockton

Considered by many to be one of the most underrated players ever, Stockton wasn’t flashy but was truly a great point guard.

Oscar Robertson

The Big O was really big, especially for a point guard. He stood 6′ 5″ and weighed 220 pounds. Even so, he could move and was a superb athlete. Averaging 27.5 points in his career, and he was the first player ever to triple-double for the whole season.

Magic Johnson

When considering the best point guards in NBA history, Magic Johnson is on every possible list. A 3-time MVand an All-Star 12 times, Johnson was the best of the best. He is also considered to be the best ever at the two skills every point guard needs – leading and passing. Simply put, no one ever did it better.