SPORTS

  • March 8, 2019

    NBA Tiers

    By Noah Farb (All records as of 1/29)   Tier One: Championship Contenders   1.Golden State Warriors Record 35-14   Enough said.   Tier Two: If Curry Breaks His Leg…   Milwaukee Bucks Record 35-13   They somehow have a better record than the Warriors and have looked ok when Giannis Antetokounmpo is on the bench.   Toronto Raptors Record 37-15   If Kawhi Leonard keeps playing like this my grandpa (Raptors Fan) will be very happy in the playoffs.   Denver Nuggets Record 33-15   If Nikola Jokic stops getting stupid suspensions and instead gets ejected, he might carry my fantasy team to a win. Oklahoma City Thunder Record 31-18   Paul George has been so clutch that Westbrook has semi-normal usage during close games.   Philadelphia 76ers Record 32-18   If Ben Simmons had a jump shot this would be the best team in the NBA.   Boston Celtics Record 30-19   Trying my hardest not to be biased but if Gordon Hayward is half as good as he was in 2016-2017 they’re easily the best team in the East.   Houston Rockets Record 29-20 James Harden has scored 30+ points in more games straight than 12 teams have total wins.   Tier Three: If Curry and Durant Break Their Legs…   Portland Trail Blazers Record 31-20   If Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum had another all-star with them this team could be scary, but Lillard would not beat Horkan for me. Utah Jazz Record 29-22   In the insanely competitive West the Jazz could move from the 7th seed to the 3rd in six days.   San Antonio Spurs Record 29-22   They have Popovich who is the Belichick of basketball. His playoff streak won’t end like Belichick’s AFC Championship streak will never end.   Los Angeles...
  • By Daniel Bittner This MLB offseason has been record breaking – not because of any large contracts with big figure dollars or lengthy deals – but rather the opposite: because of its lack of transactions of any type. Some of the game’s biggest stars, including Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, are receiving limited interest and disappointing offers. Meanwhile, players on the wrong end of 30 years old, such as Yasmani Grandal and Andrew Miller, despite being some of the best players at their positions, are having to sign risky, short-term deals with low-market teams to receive any job at all. While one might assume the cause of this inactivity is due to the depth and abundance of young talent on major league rosters, the real reason is far more disturbing. In fact, many major league teams are unwilling to commit to these prosperous stars simply because these teams want to lose. While the players will still try their best on the field, the goal of the owners and front offices is to lose as many games as possible in order to receive better draft selections in the future. Seeing the success of teams such as the Houston Astros and Chicago Cubs who have done this strategy, called ‘tanking’, has resulted in over half of the MLB’s 30 teams attempting to follow in their footsteps today. In response to this lack of interest to free agents from MLB teams, some of the game’s top stars including Kris Bryant, Evan Longoria, and Jake Arrieta have spoken out against owners and front offices. However, the opposing executives have little incentives to comply with these players’ desires, as while overall attendance over the past years in MLB ballparks has dropped, overall revenues have increased. Thus, the only hope that the players have to right...
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