Tidal Wave Wednesdays no.16 | NFC Championship Game, Promoting Education through Sports, Mock NBA Trades, and more!!!

It's been a minute since the last wave, but if you haven't noticed, there's been quite a few changes to the site. For context purposes, I'll re-explain what Tidal Wave Wednesdays is. Essentially, it's designed as a collection of sports news stories with sources across the web. With only 2 contributors and one potential on board so far, it's hard to cover everything, so the Tidal Wave series gives The Sky Box Suite an opportunity to briefly discuss the most standout headlines of what's been happening in the world of sports.

NFL:

Photo credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Photo credit: Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

  • As a proud fan of the Philadelphia Eagles, I can confidently say...Eagles are going to the Super Bowl this year, which will be a phenomenal feat for the notorious underdogs. But first, we must wait to see what happens in the upcoming NFC Championship game this Sunday. The stakes are high, but there is no doubt in my mind that the Philadelphia squad is focused and ready.

This confidence in my own team is not to undermine the Vikings' capabilities.  Did you see that Vikings vs NOLA Saints game last Sunday? I'd be lying if I said there won't be any competition for the Eagles; we're in for a good one on both sides. 

Just like the Eagles, Minnesota came out of the season the same as the at 13-3. Case Keenum has accumulated a total of 3,547 yds, 22 passing touchdowns for his team. Nick Foles is lackluster in comparison, but it's a little unfair to compare stats between Quarterbacks, especially losing Carson Wentz for the season. The point is, Eagles have one helluva competition awaiting them and all I can do is hope my prediction turns out to be right.

  • As if I needed more reasons to fly in love with this team, Chris Long, Eagles' DE, aims to build an initiative to help students prepare for college. The Chris Long Foundation and the Philadelphia Eagles are teaming up with former First Lady, Michelle Obama's Reach Higher/Better Make Room initiatives and Summer Search, in effort to help students from low income households with their FAFSAs. Read more about their collaborative efforts...

NBA:

Photo credit: Gregory Shamus - Getty Images

Photo credit: Gregory Shamus - Getty Images

  • Allegedly, the Cleveland Cavaliers are looking to trade Tristan Thomas for Demarcus "Boogie" Cousins and Omer Asik. Not necessarily good for long-term calculations, in my opinion, but it's possible that the ultimate goal is to commit Lebron to stay committed to Cleveland until he retires. 
  • Speaking of King James, based on his latest IG post, it's clear that he wasn't too pleased with his nephew, Shareef O'Neal, not making the cut to play in the McDonald's game. What if Lebron James started his own high school All-Star game like Nate Robinson suggested? hm...a concept.
  • Quentin Richardson, a retired player who is now Director of Player Development for the Detroit Pistons, scripted a touching letter to his younger self via The Players' Tribune. It's long, but it's well worth the read.  

NBA All-Star game:

Starters and captains for the NBA All-Star Game next month will be announced on NBA on TNT, 6PM est; The selected reserves will be revealed on January 23; The full team roster will be disclosed on January 25. 

Hot Take: Should the Lakers trade Lonzo Ball? I was on the fence about that for a while, but I'd say absolutely not, and I say that half sarcastically. I agree with what Jayar Jackson said on a recent TYT Sports segment:

"There's a headache off the court and it's not the player...give it some time, because if you send him off and he becomes a star somewhere else...in the west...for the next 10 years, they're going to be wondering why did we do this? "

Aside from the consistent annoyance of LaVar Ball, I actually do have a ton of respect for him as a parent, hype man, marketing liaison, and all that jazz. However, I do think he should just allow his son(s) to strive in their careers and - at some point - trust that what he's done as a parent is working.

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