Friday, August 11, 2017

Fresh Reset: NFL 2017-2018 SZN Preview

Good news, football fans...we're less than a month away from regular season football!!! 

Aside from baseball, this awkward gap between NBA and NFL seasons has never really been a personal favorite, full of "hot takes", trade rumors, and scrimmage games but soon enough, Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays will be back to normal again. 

Games/rivalries most anticipated:

Cowboys vs. everybody: (lol) For any Cowboys fan, every game is the main event. Last season, the boys did an amazing job with a 13-3 record, number 1 seed in the NFC east, but unfortunately choked before they had a chance to face Atlanta in the final round of the playoffs. One can only hope that that same fire is only amplified during the duration of this upcoming season.

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Revenge of the Falcons (?): 28-3. It's hard to imagine that the home team will EVER live that tragedy down; believe it or not, the city is still recovering. In some kind of twisted way, this incredible loss gave the #TrueToAtlanta fans hope. I get it, because at least we know they can make it to the Super Bowl and do well. It's hard to say which game I look forward to the most, other than the most obvious one on October 22, 2017.

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Rookies to keep a close eye on: 

Along with the NBA draft, there's a pretty lengthy list of NFL draft picks to pay attention to, many already ranked in possible scenarios this season. However, my list is rather short, considering college football wasn't that really on my radar last year. More specifically, there are 3 who strike my curiosity in the big leagues: Mike Williams, Isaiah McKenzie, and last, but not least, Tarik Cohen.

Tarik Cohen, Running Back - Chicago Bears. I've raved about Mr. Cohen on a few different occasions, because this young man has something special. Not only is he a graduate of my alma mater, his talent and ability is just as impressive as his humble personality. There are great things in store for him. As a woman who is all about faith and family, I know that great things are in store and I can't help but {continue to} root for him. 

Draft day. Photo credit: Madeline Gray-The Undefeated

Isaiah McKenzie, Wide Receiver - Denver Broncos: Joining the legacy of the 2015 Super Bowl champs, the Denver Broncos have selected Georgia's very own Isaiah McKenzie in the 2017 NFL Draft, who hasn't made many top 5 or 10 list, but certainly has potential. An absolute beast on the field during his time at UGA, it's no shocker that he chose to forgo his final season to take advantage of the chance of a lifetime and play professionally. 

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Mike Williams, Wide Receiver - Los Angeles Chargers: Carrying the size, speed, and over all physical control, Michael Smith is the the kind of heavy-weight WR teams should want to run with. After a major injury in 2015, he came back with a vengeance; 98 passes for 1,361 yards and 11 touchdowns, we all saw the spark of an athlete who would be exceptional on a larger stage. Comparable to the likes of Cowboys' Wide Receiver, Dez Bryant, in my opinion, I think he's going to do just fine.  

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I begin each season with eyes wide open to endless possibilities. Any fan is searching for any strand of improvement from the season before and all eyes are set on the athletes who get out there and make it happen. Each season brings new opportunities, as well as a new set of fears and expectations and this year is no different. I'm not 100% sure where the time has gone, but it is absolutely that time of year once again! I'm hype to pull out the hot wing platters and plastic cups, because...#footballback!

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Tidal Wave Wednesdays no.8 | NBA Free Agency...What's Next? + June Recap

Tidal Wave Wednesdays are finally back and I am fully aware that I have been slacking big time. there's obviously so much that hasn't been covered on The Sky Box Suite as of lately, so let's get right to it, shall we?

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  • The new boys officially signed contracts with their respective teams and this summer the rookies were able to show off more of their skills against second year players during summer league, which began July 1. There isn't always much to be said about summer games, at least not from my POV, but it is a good way for coaches to gauge which areas each player dominates in and which ones need improvement. 
  • Just for the record, I respect that Lonzo Ball is apart of #LakerNation now and summer league MVP, but I refuse to refer to him as "the face of the Lakers", despite how much Papa Ball hypes his name and promotes the BBB brand. I am, however, more than willing to give him a chance to prove himself come regular season. 

Moving on to what the heck is going on with the free agency...

  • There's been some talk of GSW snooping around Los Angeles to pick up Nick Young. If that is the case, it's not really necessary for them to pick up anyone new, considering the level they've been able to play at these last few seasons.  
  • A few smart moves have been made in terms of NBA trade. Boston Celtics pick up Gordon Hayward, Detroit Pistons replaced Marcus Morris with Avery Bradley, and Houston Rockets add Chris Paul. 
  • Kyrie Irving wants to leave Cleveland, which is a story I'm personally confused by. It doesn't really add up, especially considering where the Cavs are as a team. Is the concern about career stability or simply not wanting to live in the shadow of fellow teammate, Lebron James. It's not the smartest move in my opinion, he may end up moving on to 1/3 teams that he hopes to go to nor a team that has whatever he's looking for. It would probably be best for him to at least consider pushing through one more season with the Cavs and just choose to not resign, but something tells me it's not that black and white.
  • It's been confirmed that D. Rose signed a one-year deal with Cleveland. For whatever reason, I still think Rose is an effective player with star quality, but it's really been a whirlwind for him since circa 2011. 
  • In the midst of the constant commotion and mayhem of off-season trades, there are still quite a few free agents left who are awaiting their fate, such as Nikola Mirotic, Carmelo Anthony, and Javale McGee, to name a few. 

10.17 | NBA Opening Night 2017

NBA officially announced opening night will be October 17, 2017 (for the culture), less than a month after

NFL Kickoff 2017 | 09.07.17

Fall is-hands down-the undefeated and absolute best season for sports. 
Not to rush summer, but I cannot wait!

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