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Today’s edition features a general manager on the hot seat, the legacy of LeBron James and why the NFL needs to adopt a zero-tolerance policy toward domestic abuse.
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The Philadelphia Phillies have struggled mightily over the past three-plus seasons. After years of success from 2007-2011, the Phillies have not had a winning record since 2012. In that time, Philadelphia is 246-287, including 19-28 this season.
With losing comes an increased amount of pressure on the front office and general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. is starting to feel the heat. He even began lashing out at critical fans, saying “they don’t understand the game.”
All hope is not lost in Philadelphia, however. They have a number of quality prospects and a major trade chip in starting pitcher Cole Hamels. If their prospects develop and they can get out from under some bad contracts, Knuckleball’s Brent Holloway says the Phillies can slowly work their way back into contention.
For better or worse, LeBron James’ career will be compared to that of Michael Jordan. From the number he wears, to his dominance on the court, to the expectations placed on him both internally and externally, James’ legacy will be tied to Jordan.
Fastbreak’s Phillip Taggart compares the two and believes winning a championship this season with the Cleveland Cavaliers is paramount to James being truly able to compare himself to the Chicago Bulls’ great. If LeBron loses in the Finals again, he will not be uttered in the same breath of all-time greats as Jordan is, despite two championship rings.
All the attention surrounding the Edmonton Oilers is about how their top-six will change with the addition of presumptive No. 1 overall pick Connor McDavid. However, there will be changes in the bottom-six as well.
While Ryan Nugent-Hopkins and McDavid will likely center the first two lines, the two other centers are yet to be determined. Prospect Leon Drailsaitl could get first crack at the No. 3 role following his WHL playoff MVP run, but the fourth-line center is still a question mark.
Edmonton could continue to use Boyd Gordon as their No. 4 center, but Slapshot’s Sonny Sachdeva explores a younger in-house option: Anton Lander.
Last season Ray Rice, Ray McDonald, Greg Hardy, Jonathan Dwyer and Adrian Peterson were all charged with committing crimes against women or children. With the exception of Rice who was initially suspended two games, then indefinitely before he was allowed to become a free agent after the suspension was overturned, each of the aforementioned players were still making millions of dollars despite their transgressions.
Pigskin’s Scott Salomon says the NFL is a role model, whether they claim to be or not, and commissioner Roger Goodell must implement a zero tolerance policy against domestic violence and child abuse.
If you like offense, you’ll like the Baylor Bears. Under Art Briles, Baylor has had a ton of success and puts up points in bunches. While everything has it’s limitations, the Bears’ offense may not have hit max capacity yet.
Returning eight of its 11 offensive starters from 2014, including four offensive linemen and three players from the nation’s best receiving corps, U’s Kyle Kensing says Baylor has another gear they can hit and have the ability to be the most explosive offense of this era.
Is Anthony “Rumble” Johnson too humble? That’s the question Knockout’s Jordy McElroy delves into in the wake of UFC 187.
Following his submission loss to Daniel Cormier in Saturday’s UFC light heavyweight championship bout, Johnson was surprisingly unfazed. He cracked a few jokes and offered to wrap the belt around Cormier’s waist after the fight — two things very strange to see following a loss. While both moves are classy and show good sportsmanship, McElroy wants to see a little more nastiness from Johnson.
“For a man in search of UFC gold, that mentality isn’t going to cut it.”
The Boston Celtics surprised a lot of fan by sneaking their way into the playoffs with a strong push late in the season. However, Boston still has a long way to go before they truly become contenders.
Court Zierk breaks down the Celtics and the plan they must follow to improve upon their 2014-15 campaign. Many believe the Celtics did themselves a disservice by making the playoffs, including Zierk, but they can still continue their rebuild and emerge contenders once again.