DUAL PERSPECTIVES | #MarchMadness Predictions: Sweet 16

DUAL PERSPECTIVES | #MarchMadness Predictions: Sweet 16

No one wants to be the guy who gets caught up in the moment, but this has already been the craziest NCAA Tournament ever.  The first two rounds provided a slew of exciting games and unbelievable upsets including the unthinkable.   After 135 losses, a 16-seed (UMBC) took down a 1-seed (UVA).  

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Tidal Wave Wednesdays no. 4 | NBA Playoff szn, #WrestleMania33, & More

Excuse me for missing last week, following the climax of #MarchMadness at that, but Tidal Wave Wednesdays are back in action and I'll do my very best to not bypass or overlook another week on and committ to a weekly sports news series in this format.

photo cred: Maddie Meyer-Getty

#MarchMadness

  • For starters, it's no new news who dominated the NCAA basketball tournament, but a huge congratulations is due to the ladies of University of South Carolina for winning their very first NCAA championship title and to the University of North Carolina Men's basketball. 
  • Also, shout out to Morgan William, guard for Mississippi State University's team, who came in super clutch with the final shot that ultimately lead to a victory over University of Connecticut in the Final Four, single handedly ending UConn's 111 game winning streak. After the tragic loss of her father just a few years prior, that was such a beautiful moment. 

WrestleMania 33

  • I hadn't watched WWE since the late 90's, but this year, I was really into the entire week of WrestleMania events. Not only was the production itself incredible, but I now have a new found respect for the athleticism behind professional wrestling. It was really cool getting to know all the animated characters, almost like watching a sitcom with heavy action, tough fighting scenes, and dramatic, yet entertaining story lines. It lead me to binge watch Total Divas as well just to get a little more insight on the women of WWE. I definitely felt the glow (Trinity Fatu aka Naomi is one of my faves). 

NBA + playoff szn

  • The endless discussion when it comes to the NBA seems to be who should be this year's MVP and the conversation continues to blow my mind. I could be like every other sports writer and write a think piece on why I've chosen Russell Westbrook over everyone else in the running, but to save time and energy: Russell Westbrook for MVP. The end. 
  • Speaking of Brodie, this article confirms my belief that there was never bad blood between Westbrook and Durant. 
  • Saturday April 15, 2017 is officially day 1 of NBA playoff szn. 

  • The top 4 teams clinched in the eastern conference: 

    1. Celtics (52-29) 
    2. Cleveland (51-30) 
    3. Wizards (49-32)
    4. Raptors (50-31) 

  • In the west: 

    1. Warriors (66-15)
    2. Spurs (61-20) 
    3. Rockets (54-27)
    4. Clippers (50-31). 
  • As of yesterday, 6/8 of the first round match ups are set, 5 of those teams have home court advantage, and most of the series in west is already locked in {Spurs vs. Grizzlies, Rockets vs. Thunder, Jazz vs. Clippers, Golden State vs. Portland}. Tonight-which concludes regular season-we'll know the entire field going into the playoffs. 
  • Although GSW is locked in as no. 1 seed with home court advantage throughout the playoffs, San Antonio is the most explosive team in the western conference and their match is easily Boston for the east. 

NFL + NFL Draft 2017

  • NFL Draft is quickly approaching and so much is happening on that playground. It's always a thrill to try to guess who will go where and how the team will take to the new rookie in town. Just to get a glimpse of what the playing field looks like to the executives and reps, here are a list of NFL's top 50 prospects for this year's draft...
  • In other distant news, Tony Romo has officially "retired" and will soon be taking a position as NFL analyst over at CBS Sports. In a quote provided by Todd Archer, reporter for ESPN, Romo expressed his sentiments about leaving the team:
"That's part of playing sports. It doesn't always go the way you expect. You can put everything into it and sometimes it works out, sometimes it doesn't..."
  • After 14 seasons with the franchise, it's unfortunate that the Cowboys didn't honor him a little better, but I do believe the ones who truly enjoyed watching him play showed appreciation for his dedication to Dallas. It was bittersweet to watch it all play out, but certainly, I can speak on behalf on all fans by wishing him well in all his future endeavors. 

MLB

  • The New York Mets had a phenomenal win this week, sealing the deal on a 14-4 victory against the Phillies; achieving 20 hits, 14 extra base hits, and 14 runs. Yoenis Cespedes was in a zone last night, becoming the first Met with multiple 3-homer games. #LGM!!!
  • There was speculation that Yoenis was well on his way to the free agency, however, it's been confirmed that he resigned a 4-year contract with his current team last November, so the Mets won't have any issues in that regard. 
  • When it comes to baseball, I've been completely out of the loop, because why am I just now finding out that Matt Kemp is on the Atlanta Braves now?!? I have to do better...
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Tidal Wave Wednesdays no. 1 | #MarchMadness, Women in Sports, & More!

Back in the day when I originally launched a sports blog, I had a segment called Mon-Wave Mondays, which was essentially a briefing of  the recent news stories that stood out to me. For someone who has notifications on from Bleacher Report and ESPN, there is constantly a headline in the wonderful world of sports, always a story. Sometimes I'm moved, other times not so much. Committing to this blog was so intimidating for a while, simply because I felt an obligation to chase every story and always have something ready to post as soon as something big happened, but I know that that's not realistic for my schedule/everyday life. 

Tidal Wave Wednesdays is basically a spin-off of the same concept, where I share the headlines of the week and cite the sources, but don't necessarily have a journalistic angle to do a full article on. It'll be something like a general press release for sports news and every week the categories will vary. Again, these will be the stories that stand out to me, not necessarily every thing that happens in relation to sports. It's also a good way to incorporate those sports I enjoy watching sometimes, but don't know tons about, such as soccer and hockey.

College Basketball / #MarchMadness

NCAA Printable 2017 bracket via CBS Sports
  • It's game time for #MarchMadness and the brackets are officially in! I haven't filled out my own yet, which I'm planning to do per round, but selection Sunday just passed, the first 64 teams are set, and I'm excited to watch the NCAA tournament play out. 
  • Speaking of college basketball, has anyone ever heard of or watch the show Bringing Up Ballers (...or something like that) on Lifetime TV network? I saw 10, maybe 15 minutes, of it and I think it's wildly ridiculous. Then again, that's what I think about most reality TV shows. Anyway, that's not why I'm here. Moving on...

NBA

  • Russell Westbrook achieved a career-high of 58 points in OKC in a loss to the Portland Trailblazers, first since 1974 in franchise history and the second player to score that many points in a loss since Kobe Bryant in 2006. And this is just one of many of his accomplishments this season. MVP? We'll see, but I definitely think he deserves it.
  • Speaking of Russell Westbrook, he and his wife, Nina, are supposedly expecting their first child this year, so congrats is due to Brodie and his budding family!
  • Quick question: What are the Lakers doing? I really hope this front office revamp plans to execute new strategies sooner than later, because it's been painful to watch my team struggle so much this season.

NFL / MLB

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Women in Sports

Rob Tringali
  • She's Got GAME: There are very few things that make my soul smile more than seeing women dominate in male saturated industries; sports is obviously no exception. Ms. Mo Davis, who has been America's sweetheart for a few years now, is starting to gain D1 attention from her position as point guard and only girl on an all boys basketball team at the Marian Anderson Recreation Center in Philadelphia. The 15 year old super star a graceful young lady, yet extremely fluid in the way she moves from one sport to the next year round. Last month, Mirin Fader interviewed and covered Mo'ne Davis in a compelling article for Bleacher Report that I definitely think is worth the read. 
  • Michele Roberts, NBPA Executive Director becomes the first woman to lead a major sports union.
  • Coach Dawn Staley, head coach at the University of South Carolina, who has lead the woman's basketball team to the NCAA Division I basketball tournament 5 years in a row, was recently named head coach for the USA National Team.
  • Last, but not least, Nike will be launching athletic hijabs for Muslim women athletes, which I think is pretty epic. Although this may have more to do with marketing than actual concern, I still think it's brilliant and necessary.
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