THINGS TO CARE ABOUT
Let’s get real … Don’t get it twisted — we encourage optimism. Optimism is great. But when it comes to our NFL team fandom, sometimes it behooves us to be realistic. If your favorite franchise fits into, shall we call it, the “lower tier” of teams heading into the season, why not redefine success a bit? No, it doesn’t have to be all doom and gloom if your beloved team isn’t playing in January. Instead, you could focus on important matters like developing young talent or finding a solution at a key point of weakness on its roster. On that note, Bill Barnwell’s here to outline some realistic goals for each of the 10 worst (we’re sorry) teams this season: Read More
No love for Team USA? Just two NBA All-Stars on its 2019 World Cup roster … that’s it. For the past decade, the USA has been unstoppable in Olympic and World Cup competition due to an absurd amount of talent donning the red, white and blue. From LeBron to Kobe to KD, it was truly a wealth of riches situation. But with so many stars choosing to sit out this summer, it’s a different scenario entirely, and let’s just say the athletes on the roster are well aware of the skeptics. They’re also motivated to prove them wrong. Read More
IT’S FINALLY HERE
Welcome to College Football Saturday … What a wait, huh? All those months getting up on Saturday and having to do things OTHER than watching college football all day. Ridiculous! There should be a law! Actually, we’re not sure how one would even go about writing such a law. Forget we said it. But seriously, hey, college football! Sweet! To celebrate, here’s a legitimate path for every AP Top 25 team to win the CFB title. Read more
You better believe it … We’re not sure if you’ve heard that CFB is back, but it is, and with it comes our betting previews for the top 25 teams. From win totals to Heisman potential to national championship odds, our experts are giving you what you need to know to make that money. Read more
Most important players … No offense, Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence — but this isn’t about you. Nope, it’s not about you either, Jerry Jeudy and Jake Fromm. For this list, we’re steering away from the known entities and diving deep into the college football vortex to determine the 25 players whose opportunity and development could make the biggest difference — either directly or indirectly — in how we end up viewing the 2019 season. Read More
WEEKEND BINGE READS
The NFL’s greatest? Tom Brady over Joe Montana? Jim Brown over Barry Sanders? Jerry Rice over Randy Moss? The task of choosing the greatest NFL players ever at each position isn’t an easy one, and any list is bound to generate more than its fair share of controversy. We put together such a list. How’d we do? Read more
A decade of amazing hockey … Similarly, it’s not remotely easy to lock down the best hockey players of the 2010s — which, we’re sorry to say for anyone who’s feeling old, are almost over. It’s even harder to do it for every single NHL club, especially since there’s technically one more season to go before it’s all said and done. With that in mind, here’s our experts’ take on the most influential members of each team over the past decade. Read more
20 years of Serena at The Open … Serena “GOAT” Williams and Flushing Meadows have become very well acquainted over the past two decades. There’s been highs and lows, but there’s no denying that the US Open has been a defining tournament in Serena’s career. As she vies for a record-tying 24th Grand Slam title, we recount 20 years worth of memories in the Big Apple. Read More
The house that Dabo built … Clemson has transformed into an improbable college football superpower. It’s a feat oddly befitting for its improbable head coach, Dabo Swinney. The former Alabama walk-on took a path that is far from conventional before ascending to the helm of the Tigers football program. So what afforded the historic rise from C.J. Spiller’s makeshift contract on the back of a business card to winning national titles? Here’s how Dabo made it happen for “little old Clemson”: Read More
THINGS TO WATCH
“I had a [season] for the books, but it’s out of my control. Once the media creates that narrative about one person for the beginning of the year, I think they just run with that narrative until the end of the year.”
— James Harden on last year’s MVP race (via 97.9 The Box) Read more
On this date in 1978, a legend was born. Kobe Bean Bryant, aka Black Mamba, came on the scene in Philadelphia. Kobe made a name for himself when he became just the sixth player to forgo college and enter the NBA draft. He would go on to become one of the greatest basketball players of our time, accruing five NBA championships during his 20-year tenure with the Los Angeles Lakers. Watch
WHAT’S ON THIS WEEKEND?
MLS doubleheader (8 p.m. and 10 p.m. ET Friday, ESPN/Deportes): In need of plans on this fine evening? We got you. It’s a double dose of MLS action, as Orlando City takes on Atlanta United, followed by the Portland Timbers facing off with the Seattle Sounders.
College GameDay (9 a.m. ET Saturday, ESPN): Bring on the clever signs and the headgear picks, because it’s time to get the band back together. Corso and the gang are taking their talents to Walt Disney World for the first weekend of the college football season.
Dog Day (Saturday, ESPN2): Good boys (and girls), over here! We’re bringing you a full dog day of summer… get it? Yeah, you get it. Check out this guide for a day full of furry friends we 10/10 would pet. Watch
Miami vs. No. 8 Florida (7 p.m. ET Saturday, ESPN): What better way to kick off the college football season (wow, that feels good to type) than with the first showdown between a couple of in-state rivals since 2013? The Canes head to Orlando with a new coach at the helm and touting one of the best defenses in the country. Meanwhile, the Gators look to build on a season that saw them win 10 games and finish in the top 10.
Yankees at Dodgers (7 p.m. ET Sunday, ESPN): Two of the best teams in MLB square off on Sunday Night Baseball for the finale of their three-game series in La-La Land. Clayton Kershaw is expected to take the mound. Do we even need to say we’re here for it? Because we most certainly are.
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