For those of you that pay attention to what happens in our personal lives, here at SG, you know that two very significant events happened to us last year. To go in the order of sequence of events, Bryan McBournie got married in June, then in October, my wife and twin boys in October. As the best man at his wedding, his alleged wife got us tickets to go see the $%&^ show that was the Boston Red Sox in a late season matchup at Camden Yards. Well as luck would have it, my plot to get away was thwarted as my wife was told she might have an early delivery. I was put in a dilemma, I knew if I stayed, nothing would happen, if I went, I would get a phone call as the first pitch was being delivered letting me know to book it back to Richmond.
I caved. As much as I love baseball, my kids were more important and I had to cancel (now I get to hold it over their heads for the rest of their lives). Continue reading
Anyone that’s even the casual NBA fan has known the debate over the past month: who is the NBA MVP? LeBron James, James Harden, Steph Curry have all pled their case, and all are legit winners, and I don’t think anyone would argue if any of them were named MVP, however the clear cut winner resides in Oklahoma City.
I’ve been a reluctant believer in Russell Westbrook since he came into the league. I viewed often that he’s been a detractor to his team, that Kevin Durant has really carried him, well, since Durant went down for the year, it’s clear that Durant has been holding him back, and Westbrook has been carrying the Thunder. Continue reading
Let me be on the record for saying that I can’t stand Duke. No, it’s not because of their five national championships in college basketball, it’s not because of Coach K, it’s because of their fans. You see, if someone is a Duke fan, you can almost always count on them to be a fan of the Yankees, Lakers and Cowboys. You know, the most annoying fan bases of all-time ho like to end any sports argument with “yeah, but look at the rings.” So while I’m impressed with the way Coach K has won five championships in three different era of college basketball, I hate the fact that he’s given those double-popped collar fans something else to yell about. Continue reading
Seven years ago I was on one of my visits up to Alexandria, VA to hang out with fellow Guy Bryan McBournie. It was going to be a usual weekend, a viewing or two of “Anchorman,” some Jack Daniel’s and cycling through the shows we had watched a few years prior in college. We decided on a whim to test the waters and go see Will Ferrell’s latest movie “Semi-Pro.” Ferrell had run a streak of three classics for me, “Anchorman,” “Talladega Nights” and “Blades of Glory” (I pretend that “Bewitched” and “Kicking and Screaming” didn’t happen) so we thought, realistically, how bad could it be?
I’m not sure if it was the fact that maybe we should’ve waited until later on in the day due to our massive headaches and desire to do anything but move, but Jackie Moon and his “love me sexy” movie was literally one of the worst things I thought I had ever seen. My only funny memory of it was Moon wrestling a live bear, and Andre 3000 and Tim Meadows calling people “jive turkeys.” Continue reading
Admit it, none of you cared about NCAA basketball until last Thursday. I don’t care how many stats or players you can rattle off now that you’ve done the bare minimum amount of research to fill out a bracket. You did not know who any of these teams or people were (outside of UVA and Kentucky) until you had to.
The most annoying part of March mental illness is that it makes the most casual basketball fan into your local area hipster. You know, the guy with the beard and snow cap at your local area craft beer bar that judges and has an opinion on everything. “Oh, you drink Sam Adams, it was great before they sold out. Now let me tell you something about Georgia State’s three point shooting this year.” Continue reading
For those of you who are football junkies, today was the beginning of the 2015 NFL year for you, and good lord, this was not what anyone expected.
The first moves had been reported Ndamukong Suh signed with the Dolphins, making him the highest paid non-quarterback in league history. Two years after the Mike Wallace disaster, this makes the Dolphins the dumbest non-Oakland/Cleveland/Jacksonville team in the league.
The Ravens, not learning from the Ray Rice disaster of one year ago lost Torrey Smith to the 49ers and traded Haloti Ngata to the Lions, making the Lions feel remotely better they didn’t overpay a guy more famous for fines about kicking people in the groin than his actual play. Continue reading
Ah, yes, the brave new NFL. Where we take domestic abuse seriously, where Ray Rice became the posterboy for the new no-tolerance level the NFL has. This particularly has some special enforcement on the Baltimore Ravens, Rice’s former franchise.
Rice was cut, suspended for the year and run over by the national media after he told the truth about an ugly incident in NJ, then was given double jeopardy by being penalized with the previously mentioned punishments after already being served a two-game punishment.
The quote in the headline is from Ravens’ GM Ozzie Newsome. The man who now has a moral compass when it comes to his football team **COUGH** Ray Lewis **COUGH** Terrell Suggs **COUGH** every Raven arrested during the 2013 season. If Newsome really believes in what he says, the first thing that needs to happen is the release of Terrell Suggs. Continue reading
Some of you may have heard the grumblings coming from the brass at the highest levels of the NBA that they wasn’t legalized gambling. NBA commissioner, Adam Silver has decided to make this his main platform and is recruiting other professional sports to work with the government on legalizing placing money on games?
Why should this not be going on?
Well, the simple answer is, there isn’t a simple reason why sports gambling shouldn’t be legal. Aside for Las Vegas and parts of New Jersey, $4.55 billion was still spent on illegal gambling in 2013. It’s the argument with marijuana use, legalize it and tax the everloving hell out of it! It’s not science folks, it’s an untapped revenue source that our government has sat on their hands on for way too long. Continue reading
Welcome ye, welcome ye to the end of the first full week of the year without football. The time when we pretend to care about the NBA Playoff seedings, when we pretend to care about whatever is going on in the ACC or Big 10 in basketball.
Purgatory. Continue reading
Alright, let’s go ahead and get this out of the way. Super Bowl XLIX was everything we want the Super Bowl to be. It was the last football dynasty up against what should’ve been the latest (and still could be, but I digress), it was a game that lived up to the hype, it came down to a defensive stand with under two minutes to play, it was everything that we deserve as football fans for watching this sport from the draft in April to the end of it all in February. And yet, all it did was solidify everything I’ve hated about the NFL since 2001, Tom Brady’s legacy, the Patriots as the greatest sustained success we’ll probably ever see, and the Bill Belichick going down as probably the greatest coach of all-time.
Yet, there were the Seahawks, right there to save everyone who is not a Patriot or 49er fan from this fate. And Pete Carroll blew it by not handing the ball to Marshawn Lynch on the ONE FREAKING YARD LINE. Why? WHY? WHY?!?! (Cue Nancy Kerrigan) WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY? Continue reading