Over the last two decades baseball teams have paid a ridiculous amount of money for free agent players. The MLB has tried for years to keep teams under the luxury tax, to make sure the big market teams pay if they go over it. In 2016 their were a record breaking 6 teams issued the luxury tax by the MLB and still franchises have not back down on paying the big free agent. Over the years teams like the Yankees, Red Sox, Dodgers and Angels have paid a massive amount of money for free agents. So my question to you is does over paying free agents win you championships? Lets check out some free agent moves in the last 10 years that has worked. Max Scherzer got a 210 million dollar contract from the Nationals in 2015, since then he has tossed two no hitters, won quite of few Cy Youngs and this year help win the Nationals their first championship. CC Sabathia took a 161 million dollar contract from the New York Yankees in 2009 and help the yankees win there first championship in 9 years. My thought on baseball contracts is, that agents like Scott Boras have tried in the last 2 decades to play the big market teams against one another. I believe the agents are one of the main causes of these problems in baseball and has hurt smaller market teams in the MLB.
The last two offseason you would of thought that general managers had a little more understanding, on over paying top free agents. Last year Bryce Harper excepted a 13 year 330 million dollar contract from the Phillies in free agency, he had 35 homers and 114 runs batted in. Giving one player a contract like that effects your luxury tax going forward for the next 10 years. Harpers contract could hurt the Phillies moving forward but was he the missing piece to win a title? The answer is probably no, Harper has 5 homers and only 10 runs batted in 19 playoff games with the Nationals. While quite a few pieces beside Bryce was added to the Phillies last season, the team finished with a 81 win season and didn’t even sniff the playoffs. Manny Machado accepted the 10 year 300 million dollar contracted from the Padres last offseason. The Padres now will be put in the same position as the Phillies with Bryce for the next 10 years and it could hurt them with the leagues luxury tax going forward. Machado last year help the Padres win four more games than the 2018 Padres and again they finished in last place in their division.
The Yankees this year won 103 games with over 33 injuries which was the most in baseball history in a 162 game season. They were 2 games away from going to the World Series and lost because of timely hitting. The Yankees decided this offseason, after being under the luxury tax for almost 2 years and opened their pockets for a ace. I would say this for yankee fans be careful what you wish for. This is the same kid the yankees drafted in 2008 that decided to go play college ball and walk away from his professional contract with the yankees. I don’t know but paying a pitcher historic contract which was a 9 year 324 million dollar contract, does not guarantee anything as far as championships are concerned. Since the Yankees are breaking records in so many categories they historically have not won a championship in now 10 years. So I ask you reading, does adding a 300 million dollar pitcher to your now loaded pitching staff worth paying that contract? Only time will tell but I do know one thing time is not on their side with the luxury tax thats for sure.
NEW YORK, N.Y.- With
the NFL season winding down, the look ahead to the playoffs has already begun.
As we enter into week 16, most of the playoff slots have been filled, with just
the AFC South and second wild card up for grabs in the AFC while the NFC is
mostly set outside of determining who will represent the NFC East.
So with not much debate about which teams will make the
playoffs, let’s turn our attention towards just how many teams can legitimately
contend for the Super Bowl. It’s one thing to make the playoffs, but it’s a
whole other discussion if a team can contend with the best each conference has
to offer and come out on top. With that said, I believe there are six teams,
three in each conference, that have a case for winning the Super Bowl.
anything else need to be said? Baltimore has been the most dynamic and exciting
team in the NFL this season. Lamar Jackson has taken the league by storm,
leading the way of the best scoring and rushing offense. But the Ravens aren’t
just doing it with offense, as their defense is top-10 in scoring defense,
passing yards allowed per game and rushing yards allowed per game. The Ravens
are hot, riding a 10-game winning streak that includes wins over the Seahawks,
Patriots, Texans, Rams, 49ers and Bills. Good luck to any AFC team that has to
go into Baltimore this postseason.
Chiefs: Kansas City has flown under the radar during the second half of this season as Patrick Mahomes worked his way back from a dislocated kneecap. The offense of the Chiefs is unquestioned, but the continued concern is on the defensive end. They were unable to close out the Patriots in the AFC Championship game last year and didn’t improve much during the first half of this season. The last four games have been a different story though, as the Chiefs defense has allowed just 11.2 points per game. They also received some help this week, claiming veteran defensive end Terrell Suggs, who should bring a championship mindset to the unit. If the defense can carry this level of play they’ve shown the last four games into the playoffs, the Chiefs just might be able to represent the AFC in the Super Bowl.
pick is more out of respect for Bill Belichick and his ability to draw up
defensive schemes to stop even the most potent offenses. The defense has led
the way, owning the best scoring defense at just 12.9 points per game. Stephon
Gilmore has been the best shutdown corner in 2019 and has thrown his name into
Defensive Player of the Year consideration. The offense has struggled more than
it ever has in the Belichick-Tom Brady era, yet is still doing enough to win
games. This team isn’t dominating like it usually does, but would anyone be
surprised if we saw New England representing the AFC in the Super Bowl for the
fourth consecutive season?
Francisco has shown the ability to win games in so many different ways that
they will be the toughest out of any team once January hits. The 49ers can win
shootouts (beat the Saints 48-46 in the Superdome), beat you by strictly running
the ball (40 attempts for 275 yards vs. Browns, 38 times for 232 yards vs.
Panthers) and win a defensive slugfest (9-0 shutout win over Redskins, held
Packers to 198 total yards in 37-8 win). Having the capability of winning in
various ways will make the NFC West leaders a matchup nightmare for any team
they have to play. Not to mention the biggest question mark with this team,
quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, has shown the ability to step up in huge moments.
has been led by MVP candidate Russell Wilson, who’s taken his game to another
level with the identity of the team switching from the defensive side to the
offensive end. Backed behind the best offensive line they’ve had in Wilson’s
career, the Seahawks have the third best rushing attack in the league,
averaging just under 142 yards per game. This has allowed Wilson to pick apart
defenses that load up the box to stop the run. Wilson has been extremely
efficient, on track for the second best completion percentage and the least
amount of interceptions thrown in his career. Seattle has been one of the best
teams in the league at not beating themselves, committing just the fifth least
defensive penalties, recovering the most fumbles, intercepting the third most
passes and having the third best turnover differential at +13. Having an
opportunistic defense that forces turnovers and an offense that rarely gives
the ball away is a great recipe to come out of the NFC as the last team
Orleans may have had a better record at this point in the season last year than
they do this season, but there’s no doubt the 2019 team is head and shoulders
the better team. The biggest reason for this is Drew Brees, whose thumb injury that
forced him to miss five plus games turned out actually to be a blessing in
disguise. While the Saints offense limped to the finish line last year, they
have been unstoppable this season, averaging 34.8 points per game since their
loss to the Falcons back in week 10. Brees has looked rejuvenated despite Alvin
Kamara still working his way back from injury. Brees’ early season break could
be the main difference in getting the Saints over the hump and back into the
Unfortunately for teams like the Packers, Vikings, and Texans,
inconsistency and glaring holes are the biggest reasons why they were left off
this list. There haven’t been many years where there are so many teams
legitimately in the discussion of representing their conference in the Super
Bowl like we have in the NFL’s 100th season. Any combination of the
six teams listed above would create a memorable finish to the 2019 season, so
sit back and enjoy the postseason.
The New York Islanders have been a pleasant surprise for the
second season in a row, which is a delight to Islander fans who are used to
horrible surprises in back to back seasons, like naming your backup goalie your
new GM just in time to hand over a 15 year contract, and the shit shows that
But there is a refrain that started last season and has kept rolling, which is that the Islanders do not have enough offense. This narrative has not changed thanks to the free agent departure of some Toronto cuckold, the free agent rejection of a Russian who has won less than Ilya Kovalchuk in his career, the alleged rejection of an offer sheet for an opinionated kid out of Toronto that loves Matt Martin, and the failed trade for a Stone rolling out of Ottawa.
So when you read this thesis, you’re going to say that it’s
stupid. On some level I will agree with you, but for reasons that you won’t understand.
You’ll even say “How does that solve a problem?” And I’ll tell you how.
Here’s the thesis: Josh Bailey is Fucking Useless.
You might think you know how I got here, but trust me, you
have no idea.
At this point you’re having one of three reactions:
How dare I suggest that Mr. Islander Josh Bailey
Who is Josh Baily?
Let’s give each reaction their due.
First off, Islanders Kool Aid loves Bailey. Who are
Islanders Kool Aid. Here’s the litmus test. Just ask the following questions:
Did Charles Wang save the team?
Was Mike Milbury a shittier GM than Garth Snow?
If the answers are “Yes” and “Yes?” You got yourself some
Kool Aid. So what IS Islanders Kool Aid? They’re the fans that celebrate a
close loss. That think every prospect will exceed the production of Bryan
Trottier and Mike Bossy- especially Josh Ho-Sang. That the Islanders “won the
They’re a fan base that is wholly ready to fly a “We Tried”
banner next to the legends of the organization, and would retire the number of
a guy whose only organization leading stat is “Showed up to the arena.”
Bailey has been an Islander his entire career, since he was
passed on in his draft 8 times and was shockingly available every time the
Islanders traded down in that draft to acquire picks that they did absolutely
nothing to help the team with. How do I know? Where’s the Snake? And who also
caused the Islanders to trade a 5th overall pick years later to get
a guy taken a few picks after Bailey in Jordan Eberle. More on Eberle later.
Bailey’s career has been defined by 8 years of shitty
hockey, putting up around 30 points in each lackluster campaign in which the
only impact he made on the team was a negative one. Terrible goals totals for a
top 6 forward, peaking at 16 goals as a sophomore. A plus minus like a coal
mine in West Virginia.
There was not a lot to root for there, if you look at
Also, in Baileys first 8 years, he had burned through 3
Islander contracts. His entry level and RFA deals saw Bailey post 58 goals over
those five years- an average of 12 goals a season.
This was time for him to cash in. And it was the birth of
the Bailey paradox.
The Bailey paradox is the idea that because he’s our guy on
our team and he sucks? We have to like him. And the more he sucks? Like when he
takes no shots for 3 or 4, or5 games in a row? The more you love him. Also, he
has had spans where he has gone 3 or 4 or 5 games in a row without a shot.
Fun fact- Bailey had more games with zero shots on goal in
2018-2019 than Alexander Ovechkin has had in his entire career. But why would I
compare Bailey to Ovechkin? I didn’t. Kool Aid did.
Bailey’s mythology only grew when he took a “team friendly”
UFA contract in the summer of 2013. Kool Aid started to call him elite, citing
that he produced somewhere around four tenths of a point a game. Heady numbers.
To reward the organizations faith in his nearly $17 million contract coming off
of the first $5 million he made as an Islander? Bailey scored 8 goals over the
entire next season. Just like elite Ovechkin would, right?
In fact, every time Bailey signs a new contract? His numbers regress the very next season. Shocker!
This is when we get to reaction number two about Josh
Bailey- who is he?
Opposing teams fans will largely have no idea who he is. For
two reasons. One, they’ve watched their home teams play the Islanders and never
noticed him. Which explains the nickname “Invisibailey.” Ever see him take a
game off? Where he didn’t appear in a scoresheet save for attendance? Sure you
have. Other fans notice, too. They’re almost stunned when he does something,
because if you play the Islanders twice a year, he is very likely to do nothing
in either game. Maybe he gets a goal but probably not. Maybe a hit, but
Josh Bailey has as many career hat tricks as MICK VUKOTA.
Mick just became a top 6 forward! Speaking of…
A top six forward shouldn’t average 108 shots a year. That’s
not even near two a game. And a game where he puts up 5 shots- there are a
couple in his career- that’s 2 games off in return.
Also, Josh Bailey has never tested the free agent market.
Bailey signed an entry level deal, a restricted free agent deal, a “team
friendly” deal that tripled his salary, and another team friendly deal that
almost doubled it. Bailey is making a team friendly 6.25% of the entire salary
cap (it was a higher percentage when he signed the deal) to…avoid free agency.
When a player like John Tavares leaves the only team he ever
knew, it’s rare. He’s been super well compensated, treated like a king, and
usually has a team around him built to win. Usually. Garth Snow tried to build
a team around Tavares centered on Josh Bailey and Andrew Ladd. And we all saw
the results. Oh, how do I figure?
Ladd was the most significant Islanders free agent signing
in the last 5 years, and the entire Garth Snow era. And Bailey was the guy Snow
had to extend in season to show a commitment to winning to JT.
No wonder he ran home to Toronto to take the strap on.
But that’s Tavares. Bailey is on no comparable level to
Most unimportant players use free agency to shop their low
to average stats to hop from a team that may not be successful (Garth Snow
era?) to a team that feels it needs to make incremental improvements and can
use some “veteran leadership” and “experience” and “Hockey IQ” to cash in on a
raise that wasn’t available to the team that already saw what they had. But
that’s a competitive market.
It could backfire- see Vanek, Thomas. Boy, I’m sure he’s pissed that he said no to 7 years and $49 million from Garth Snow…a contract that the Islanders would still be paying out to him had he signed it. It only cost Vanek about $22 million that I bet he could use. Bet.
And in a competitive field? We already saw how Bailey
competes. He becomes Failey. Even if he left the Islanders for a contract better
than $30 million- which no one was offering- it would be on less years. And the
deal after that? Khunackhll money. Stupid fucking name.
Also, how do I know no one was offering? Garth Snow offered
Bailey at the 2015 draft straight up for a 1st round pick. Team friendly
deal? 29 rejections.
That’s why Bailey never bothered hitting the market. There
wasn’t one. He was a DeSoto in a Tesla world.
So when other fans say “Josh Bailey? Didn’t he score against
us when Jeremy Roenick was still on the team? Why do they sing songs about him?”
Because he is a Kool Aid legend. Like Charles Wang and Garth
Snow. And the word legend? It means shit you tell stories about that never really
Lastly, there is the kryptonite to Islanders Kool Aid. They are
referred to as Islanders Realists. Generally, they are curmudgeons. But they’re
terribly correct with their expectations. Maybe not as much in the Trotz Era,
but about 99% right before that.
Realists have the “No shit” reaction to my Josh Bailey is
useless premise. Because, Josh Bailey is useless.
Lets look at the Golden Age of Bailey. It’s like looking at
a game of Three Card Monty.
The Golden Age of Josh Bailey started when he was placed as
a first line forward with John Tavares, and ended the next season when he was a
first line forward with John Tavares and Anders Lee.
Why is it a Golden Age? Because in the 2016-2017 season Josh
Bailey did something he never did before. He led the league in a statistic. Sure,
it was arriving at the arena, which he tied with many other players. And only
scored one more goal than his career average despite never missing a game and
playing top 3 minutes. But first is first! And in fairness, he had a then
career high with 13 fucking goals added to a coattails 43 assists. But the best
was yet to come.
That watermark was the 2017-2018 season. Bailey had his only
career All Star appearance. Just as many invites as enforcer John Scott and
Buffalo Sabre Zemgus Girgensons, and just as deserving. But here’s the interesting
thing. Bailey made the 2018 All Star game- the ending of the Tavares Islanders era
game. But the unrestricted free agents Garth Snow let walk away in Frans
Neilsen and Kyle Okposo? They both made the 2017 All Star Game without riding
the coattails of John Tavares a year sooner.
Andres Ladd has yet to make an All Star game as an Islander.
But I’m pretty sure he mouthfucked a carp.
Bailey’s stats ramped up in 2018-2019 to a very respectable
71 points which is how he earned that All Star cap tip. But the thing I always
found interesting- on New Years Day 2019, Bailey had 50 points. He ended the
season with 71.
Bailey also did his best Mike Bossy impression, scoring 18
goals in 82 games. Sure, 50 in 50 sounds sexier, but did Bossy ever play in 82 games?
Nope. Not once. Inconsistent. Not like Bailey.
It’s not that every single winger that played a full time season with John Tavares scored at least 20 goals. It just happened for Matt Moulson, PA Parenteau, Brad Boyes, Kyle Okposo, Thomas Vanek, Anders Lee, Mitch Marner, Zach Hyman, Andrew Ladd, and Sparky.
I’m sure it wasn’t that Tavares took the last few days off
in that season to preserve himself for Toronto’s bidding so Bailey had no
coattails to ride. The only other options is, Bailey only had one guy to tap in
rebounds with, and Lee was prodigious in the last two weeks of the season or
else Bailey does 10 points between January and April.
Oh, Bailey signed that contract extension also, so why try?
None of Baileys 71 point masterstroke mattered, as the
Islanders missed the playoffs. Basically, his stats were the equivalent of jerking
off into a plant, Harvey Weinstein style.
And when Tavares left Bailey? Tavares had his best season
ever. SNAKE GOT RID OF BAILEY AND HAD HIS BEST SEASON EVER. There goes that
horseshit playmaker hockey IQ myth.
So even at Bailey’s absolute best, just two years ago when
he put up 71 points making $3.3 million a year, he was untradeable. That’s a
fucking problem. Because every team in the NHL saw his best effort, and it
landed the Islanders in the lottery.
You think Bailey would motivate a bad team to make a move to
ensure their reaching the salary cap floor while guaranteeing a lottery draft
pick- you know, just how Charles Wang saved the team. Yet no bad team wanted
And that’d because at any dollar amount, be it $825,000 or
$3,000,000 or $5,000,000, Josh Bailey is fucking useless.
Why is he useless? Because after his hallmark 18 goal
season, a funny thing happened. Bailey had his first real coach.
Islanders Kool Aid has always attributed Bailey’s lack of
utility as a function of his being “rushed” to the NHL. Sure, Bailey was rushed
onto a bad team, but no more rushed to a bad team than players like Jack
Eichel, Nathan MacKinnion, Connor McDavid, Jeff Skinner, Noah Hanifin, and
Anthony Beauvilier. Rushed just as young into the league as Taylor Hall. Which
I’ll mention shortly.
Kool Aid will say that you can’t harangue a man for his
history. People learn and change. Bailey has spent 12 years in the NHL. Surely
after the first 8 he got the hang of it! Because a 27 year old man was rushed…so
he can’t possibly overcome the current level of 18 year olds outperforming him!
Somehow, they weren’t rushed.
Or…maybe rush has to do with talent and ability?
Understand when we talk Bailey’s ability and hockey IQ, Rob
Schremp outperformed him in his time as an Islander.
So after this golden age- a decade into his career, a time
when he had seemingly ‘figured it out’- he had a 20% decline in his production.
And is on pace this year for another decline. And despite being coached by Hall
of Fame head coach Barry Trotz, on both November 7 2018 and November 7 2019,
Bailey was on a 31 goal pace for his season. Last year he ended with 16. This
season? I’ll take all the $20 bets that come in that Bailey ends the season
with less than 20 goals.
“BUT BAILEY SCORED AN OT WINNER AGAINST PITTSBURGH!” Yes, he
did. After Mathew Barzal deeked the entire state of Pennsylvania out of the
rink. I’m shocked Bailey didn’t miss that open net, quite frankly. Fucking Shane
Prince scored two goals in a playoff game once. Let’s give him a handy!
So to summarize my thesis. Josh Bailey is fucking useless. I
mentioned three players that we shall compare Bailey with. Two of these three
were not my creation but that of Islanders Kool Aid. But there is one entirely
is in my head.
Alexaner Ovechkin is the greatest goal scorer I have seen
since Jaromir Jagr and Mike Bossy. It’s what he does. He is an elite, Hall of
Fame player. He is a champion.
And if I were Ovechkin and were being compared to Josh
Bailey? I’d shit in every moron’s mouth that said so. Shit right into their
brainless empty head. It wouldn’t matter, because they already have shit for
Ovechkin makes just about less than double Josh Bailey. His
statistics are just about less than double Josh Bailey over the last 4 years.
So point for point, they make pretty much even money.
Except in that time period, Ovechkin won a Stanley Cup. And took a team friendly deal to improve the squad. With the same head coach as Bailey. And has a fucking Hall of Fame career. And Ovechkin’s goals scored numbers over the last 4 years match just about the entire 12 year career of Josh Bailey. 300% more goals scored in that same 4 year span. Ovechkin has almost TWIC as many power play goals than Bailey has CAREER GOALS. Astronomical.
If Bailey is elite, Ovechkin is just about Bossy.
Then there’s Jordan Eberle. Drafted after Bailey, so clearly
fat fuck GM Garth Snowcone could have traded back a few more times and gotten a
player who almost always scored at least 20 goals, and has occasionally scored
30 goals. Two things Bailey has NEVER DONE. And get this- Eberle took a PAY CUT
to stay with the Islanders. A team friendly deal!
Waittttt….Bailey took a 180% pay raise to stay with the
team. Eberle took a 10% pay cut to stay with the team. Someone is a hero. I
give a fuck who. And if you compare dollars per goal, Eberle is the bargain.
But the last one I want to compare to is the best one.
Taylor Hall. Makes very similar money to Bailey despite winning a league MVP.
Hall generally scored 20-30 goals annually.
Hall is like a leveled up Bailey. Put up on average about
30% more points than Bailey does. In their best year put up about 30% more
points than Bailey does. Won an MVP. Took a moribund franchise back to the
And his ass got traded! But for what?
And here is why we see that Bailey is absolutely fucking useless.
NHL MVP Taylor Hall and half of his salary and a prospect were
traded for a first round draft pick, a conditional draft pick, a defensive
prospect, and two prospects that are so obscure that Hockeydb.com had no idea
who they were. Neither did hockeyreference.com and capfriendly.com. If a
prospect shits in the woods and no one smells it, is it a prospect?
Did I mention that the Devils allegedly paid half of Hall’s
So in case you missed it, a former league MVP was traded for
a prospect, two very low prospects, a 1st round draft pick, and a
floating pick. That’s a fucking awful haul for an MVP and an annual 20 and
occasional 30 goal scorer.
So, if that’s the haul?
How do you trade a useless player? What are you going to get?
That’s not the best question. The best question is what do
you give to get rid of an albatross that never lead a team to an important win?
That’s where Isles Kool Aid and Isles Realists differ. Isles
Kool Aid thinks every prospect is a superstar. They’re not. Almost none will even
register. 3 years ago those fuckups though Keifer Bellows was Patrick Kane.
Now? Kane wouldn’t even bother to rape him. Either Kane.
But say Bellows was a good prospect- which he’s not. We don’t
trade him because? Because a win now team cannot trade unproven prospects for
the help that can put them over the top today? Yeah nah. Many teams trade
prospects that are ok for better players. Look at how the Boston Bruins moved
Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton to keep a competitive team. But we need to
hang on to fucking Michael Dal Colle?
I like Michael Dal Colle as a human being. Great back story.
Can relate. But what the fuck is he doing in skates? Dude should work at Cock
Fil A. Moving slowly.
If all a former MVP gets is a scant prospect, 2 long shot
prospects, a 1st, and something else but only if you pay for him,
let me ask you this:
What does Josh Bailey draw from another team?
Based on Hall? At best, a 3rd and a conditional 3nd.
And here’s $2.5 million back on this mess. Which still fucks our cap, and gives
us nothing to help a win now roster. Because even in losing Bailey, Bailey
fucks us just like he has done since he’s been here. Bailey never wins, and currently
we have so little coattails now for anyone to notice him.
Pretty much, all of Bailey’s value lies in unloading his cap
hit. And based on Halls’ deal, the Islanders can’t even do that for a declining
coattail riding piece of shit player.
Bailey eats cap space without improving the team. Bailey is
untradeable because what the fuck does he do outside of being a negative and
never propelling his team to a win? No one has ever traded for Bailey except
Garth Snow who is a massive fuck up. No team ever leaked a Bailey rumor, except
maybe about his sexuality? That team? The Islanders.
Josh Bailey is untradeable. He is overpaid. All he does it hurt.
As I have empirically proven, Josh Bailey is NOWHERE near
elite. He’s not above average unless you cherry pick weirdly useless advanced
stats. However, he IS completely fucking useless. He can’t be traded for any
value. Nor does he create value for this team. All he has shown in his career
is an ability to fail, which is more of the same.
And that’s the problem. Baileys utter lack of utility makes
him untradeable. We’re stuck with him. As I predicted 2 years ago, he will end
his Islander career with more games played than any Islander ever. And that is
an indictment on how large a failure this organization has been. A team
spending 92% of the cap ceiling with fucking Leo Komorov and Josh Bailey as
catalysts to show for it. Stanley Cup? Meet Dixie Cup.
Josh Bailey is fucking useless.
You can respond in the comments or @JoshBarely on Twitter. It won’t make Bailey suck less.
Start-up professional sports leagues that challenge the establishment is not a new concept.
Their remains can be found everywhere across this country.
BIG3 basketball, not only challenged the establishment, but found its’ place and their organizing team will be welcoming the new decade, clicking champagne glasses.
It’s not every day that a new professional sports league challenges the establishment, and succeeds at it.
Taking into account the BIG3’s changing their venue from FOX Broadcasting Company to CBS Television Network and also their early season dismissal of some malcontent players at the start of their third season, I expected a drop off and the ever so popular Haters to start singing their favorite hit song, “I told you!”.
Like clockwork, they were singing it in every social media platform imaginable.
Then it happened, the BIG3 behind Ice Cube – their fearless ambassador, and its’ organizing body validated their legitimacy in epic fashion in year three, making all the right moves to protect The BIG3 Brand.
I know – my guy, Ice Cube.
Don’t let the smile fool you…Cube eats Adversity for breakfast and he has Skin In The Game.
Ice Cube has done a lot of great things in his career, but starting a sports league has been truly amazing and it has added to his legendary status.
Using his clout and connections to organize a competitive 3-on-3 basketball league and also to be able to maintain it to move in the right direction has been simply incredible.
It will be a cold day in Hell, before anybody gets the better of him, trust me!
“Our philosophy is, first they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they ask for a meeting. Then they beg for a meeting. We’re going through our stages, but we’ll be here when they beg for that meeting.”, Ice Cube.
That’s right, folks! It’s here – the most wonderful time of the year (for the NFL, of course)! Oh, yeah… and it’s the holiday season too. Got all your shopping done? Do you still actually physically go shopping, or are you Amazon only now? Well, regardless of how you shop, or which holiday you celebrate, there’s one gift we’re all eager to open this holiday season – the NFL playoffs, baby! Sure, there exciting things going on in the NHL and NBA, even the Yankee fans received a little Cole in their stockings this winter… but there’s nothing quite like football in January.
So, like kids on Christmas Eve, we anxiously wait for the NFL playoff picture to become a little more clear. And while there are still some seedings to be sorted out, and a team or two still battling for a division or wildcard spot, we have a good idea of who’s in and who’s out. I for one can’t wait to see some of these playoff games. There are so many combinations of potential match ups that would be such a joy to watch. You could make a case for almost all of the teams to make a run to the Super Bowl!
Let’s look at the AFC. Obviously, what the Ravens have done this season has been incredible, would anybody be shocked if they went the distance? Lamar Jackson is the front runner for MVP, doing things we haven’t seen since the likes of Michael Vick… and doing it better! And then there’s the cheatin’ Pats, the defending champs, seemingly always in the Super Bowl. Bellicheck and Brady are still there along with their great defense, so obviously we can’t count them out. Then there’s the Chiefs, who seem to just be hitting their stride, getting healthier, playing much better defense (they even added Terrell Suggs, who will likely make a huge impact for that defense)… they came inches away from beating the Pats and making it to the big game last year! And, while less likely, it’s not outrageous to think that the Texans could put together a run. Heck, they’ve already beaten the Pats this season, they have their own version of Lamar Jackson in Deshaun Watson who can do plenty of spectacular things on the football field as well.
And what about the NFC? Of course we have the Seahawks, led by Russell Wilson who will have something to say about the MVP vote. Wouldn’t be shocked to see Pete Carrol and Russ back in the big game. How about the Saints? They feature the (currently speaking) all time leader in passing touchdowns in Drew Brees, with the bitter taste in their mouths of last year’s non pass interference call in the NFC Championship Game against the Rams. I could easily see Sean Payton and Brees back in the Super Bowl. Then there’s the 49ers – coached by a brilliant offensive mind in Kyle Shanahan, to go along with an impressive defense. Can’t forget about the Packers, led by an innovative young coach and of course, the discount double check himself, Aaron Rodgers. And, you never know, a team like the Cowboys or Vikings, who each might have just played their best games of the season, could get hot and make a run.
Who will go the distance? I won’t even bother making a prediction. All I know is that (the Super Bowl) will feature two well coached, star studded teams that will put it all on the line for our entertainment. I expect a lot of action, a lot of points, and a very physical game, regardless of the teams that represent their respective conferences. After all, anything will be better than last year’s miserable game. Okay, fine. Ravens vs. Seahawks, Ravens win 42-34. Happy holidays, and enjoy football!