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Russell “Fraud” Westbrook

The choke artist strikes again! Russell Westbook has proven time after time that he cannot be the alpha on a basketball team (even when he shoots 40+ times in a close-out game).

With the season on the line Westbrook shot 18-43 from the field, and threw up 19 threes!  The stat sheet-stuffer only chipped in 5 assist in his season-ending performance. Hmm, interesting for a guy who has averaged a triple double over the last two years.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are now 3-8 in the playoffs without Kevin Durant, and ALL the blame should be placed on the ego-driven point guard. Over the series vs the Utah Jazz this past week, Russell Westbrook racked up 31 turnovers. Yikes. He didn’t have one game where he shot at least 50% from the field. Not exactly what I call “efficient”. Keep in mind he shot 39 shots in game 5, and 43 shots in games 6. Yikes again.

It is obvious why the 2nd best player in the league (Kevin Durant) left the Thunder. The “point guard” is the most difficult player in the leagues history to play with. Utah Jazz point guard Ricky Rubio constantly out played the so-called superstar during the 1st round of the playoffs. Donovan Mitchell for the Jazz looked like the only superstar on the court and he is a ROOKIE. Durant got a ring his first year apart from the ball-hog.

Need verification for my argument? Here is Durant’s confirmation via Instagram:DbgE-WAWkAAiIJK

All I am trying to say is, “don’t drink the Westbrook kool-aid”. He is a proven loser as well as a cry baby. Instead of taking ownership in his poor play in the game 6 self-destruction, he called on the NBA to check the Utah Jazz fans because they are “vulgar”. And you aren’t Westbrook? I have to turn down the volume on my TV when you play because all I hear are 4-letter words that aren’t what I would call “wholesome”.

He doesn’t make his team or teammates any better. Why do you think Paul George will leave 46 million big ones on the table and go to the Lakers? Why do you think Durant left? Why do you think that the Thunder can’t get out of the first round without the Slim Reaper aka Kevin Durant? The answer is Russell Westbrook.

He is a cancer to the NBA and constantly embodies selfishness and narcissism. Can we put Russell in Upward basketball for a year so he can rediscover what it means to be a “team player”? You won’t win with him and you WILL get out of the first round without him. Still glad you gave him that contract extension OKC?

5th Down and Long

Fortnite: The Demise of Professional Sports (as well as myself)

“Just one more game.”

Those are the words I think to myself after every round of Fortnite. I do not understand what gives me a craving/desire to build forts in a cartoon universe, but I love it. The game has taken off and is the hottest virtual activity on the market right now. People all across the country (from the ages of 10-32) are ignoring their responsibilities to play this incredible game, and I don’t blame them.

Big name athletes have already joined the game from JuJu Smith-Schuster, Gordon Hayward, Baker Mayfield, and many more. Just recently, JuJu shut down the internet by playing with Fortnite legend “Ninja”, musician Drake, and rapper Travis Scott. The video of them was streamed on an online gaming platform called twitch, and became the application’s most-watched video EVER.

After winning a game of Fortnite, JuJu was very honest with his fans:

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Uh-oh. What if Fortnite took away one of the most exciting, young recivers in the NFL today? It is not a far out thought that JuJu would hang up the cleats for the joy-sticks.

Gordon Hayward may be destroying his family life due to this unstoppable epidemic. The Celtics forward was live streaming on twitch when a frustrated wife busted in:

Robyn Hayward – “How much longer are you playing?”

Gordon Hayward – “Uhhh, I don’t know. A little while longer.”

It gets worse. Hayward’s young daughter entered the room, and we all know that video games and babies don’t mix. After trying to be excited that his child was there to support Dad, Gordon piped up in a stern tone to address his daughter:

Charlie, you’re gonna make me die.

Imagine putting that burden on a child? The reason your father died in a game of Fortnite is because of you. Children that age cannot process the trauma of a Fortnite death, much less live with the guilt of being the reason your own father was eliminated from the game.

If Gordon can’t balance his family and Fortnite then how do you expect him to balance Fotnite and basketball? It just doesn’t make sense. Listen Gordon, I love watching you play basketball but I understand if you wanna step away from basketball to peruse Fotnite goals.

I guess this is what I am trying to say: Do not be surprised when the NFL and NBA are no longer relevant because all of the athletes are too busy playing the adrenaline-packed game, Fortnite.

Also, don’t be surprised if I drop out of college one month before graduation because of this life-changing movement.

 

Check out the Gordon Hayward video right here:  https://twitter.com/SportsCenter/status/976617070883430400

-Tristan Huggins (@thuggins_21)

 

 

 

5th Down and Long

NCAA=The New Underground Mafia

It’s obvious that college basketball players are getting paid. Don’t you see that college basketball coaches are beginning to look less like coaches and more like members of the mafia?

The biggest scandal in NCAA history was broke by the weirdest source ever (Yahoo Sports). The NCAA was once again caught with its pants down. To dumb it down, players were caught receiving money from former NBA agent Andy Miller and associate Christian Dawkins. Some pretty big names made the cut such as: Kyle Kuzma, Collin Sexton, Kevin Knox, Wendell Carter, as well as a plethora of young men in the college basketball fraternity.

It was so obvious that programs were buried forever with this overwhelming evidence. Not much later, news reported from the pits of hell (aka ESPN) stated that Arizona head basketball coach Sean Miller was recorded speaking to a runner for a sports agent about making the cool payment of $100,000 to deliver Deandre Ayton. Again I thought to myself, “buried”.

Let me be very very clear: I have never discussed with Christian Dawkins paying Deandre Ayton to attend the University of Arizona. In fact, I never even met or spoke to Christian Dawkins until after Deandre publicly announced he was coming to our school. Any reporting to the contrary is inaccurate, false and defamatory.

I have never paid a recruit or prospect, or their family, or their representative to come to Arizona. I never have, and I never will.

 

-Sean Miller, Arizona Wildcats Men’s Head Basketball Coach.

Listen Sean, we all know you did it. Your well combed crew cut and pin stripe suits scream, “PAY THE MAN”.

The NCAA has once again swept an allegation under the rug like a ball of lint. I guess I have a big problem with it is because I root for the Tennessee Vols, a team that has 0 paid players. How am I so sure? Because it would be a crime to pay anybody on that roster.

TRISTAN’S SOLUTION:

Go ahead and pay your players! Just do us all a favor and branch off from the NCAA. It is so clear that they operate like the mafia that it is insane. They are a non-profit that is taking billions to the bank. If colleges like Alabama, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and USC branched off other programs would surly follow. Just make another league and call your own shots because the NCAA can’t get away with this one.

We have to at least create an equal playing field, and we cannot do that with the mafia member tossing around money to high school players like its a hot potato.

I know that everybody’s bracket is busted right now, but just remember that the player that just iced your team out of the tournament was probably paid by one of the coaches who look like they are straight ofF the Sopranos.

5th Down and Long

Johnny Manziel: From Doom to Gloom to Doom?

Comeback SZN! Johnny “Football” Manziel has just recently re-established himself on social media to inform us that he is making a comeback. While some of us are thinking, “Are you drunk? that is insane” others are thinking, “The legend from College Station is back”.
Now as a 5’10 white guy, I always lived vicariously through the border line drug addict Heisman trophy winner. (Not because of the drug use, but because of the 5’10 white guy thing.) I use to think this this guy was the next big thing in the NFL, and boy was I wrong.
If you don’t recall, Johnny Manziel was drafted 22nd overall by the “Bad News Bears” of the National Football League, the Cleveland Browns. In one wild summer Cleveland sports fans couldn’t believe the dream that was unfolding right before their very eyes. LeBron had made it know to the world that he was “coming home”, the tribe had finally looked like a professional baseball team again, and the Brownies finally got their franchise QB.  Many deemed him to be the savior of the dumpster fire in Cleveland, and it seemed he just added gas to it.
Long story short, the 22 year old kid partied his way out of Cleveland and into unemployment. Manziel finished his career in Cleveland with a passer rating of 74.4, 7 TD’s, and 7 INT’s. Lets give the kid some credit though, he had to play for arguably (not really much to argue about) the worst football franchise off all time. Oh, and he also had to share a locker room with Josh Gordon. With no structure, and liver filled with alcohol, the kid never really had a chance.
In a recent interview with Barstool Sports “Pardon My Take” Johnny was asked about his time in Cleveland:

I never really gave Cleveland a chance. I felt like I had a sense of entitlement, like I was owed to be drafted higher or go somewhere I wanted to play, but in reality I had no control over that.

Hey, at least the guy was honest. After listening to the interview I was really convinced that Johnny has turned a new page in his life. He is now sober, working out 6 days a week, and is living on a golf course (because golf is the most mature thing a man can do).
It was made public this week that Johnny Manziel was diagnosed with a bipolar disorder and that he has been seeking counseling regularly. He also announced on Wednesday that he will be playing in a spring football league in Austin Texas, that starts on March 28th, and ends on April 15th. The 4-game season will be the former Heisman Trophy winner’s first step to NFL redemption.
Say all you want, but I am rooting for the guy. I mean c’mon, this is a country of 2nd chances (unless your name is Donald Trump)! He will be coming back with more maturity, and a TON more tattoos. I will keep you guys updated on the “want to be frat star” so you guys don’t have to. We may even try to sponsor this comeback. So just know if you see Johnny Manziel on your Twitter timeline with a 5th Down and long t-shirt on, don’t be surprised.

Tristan Huggins (@thuggins_21)

5th Down and Long

Nobody is going to shut up, and only a select few can dribble (well)

LeBron James has been at the forefront of some pretty touchy social movements this year, and it doesn’t look like he has any plans of slowing down. Just last week, LeBron James was filming an episode of ESPN’s Uninterrupted when he was asked about the political division in the United States and the climate that athletes face when they try and speak out. Nobody in their right mind thought that question wasn’t going south. The 14-time all star starter replied with a answer that took absolutely no one by surprise:

Well the Climate is hot. The number-one job in America, the appointed person, is someone who doesn’t understand the people. And really don’t give a (expletive) about the people

Dang it. Just when the political rants began to simmer down “the king” decided to stir the pot once more. You may not need to know anymore of the story to know how this unfolded, but I will tell you anyway. In response, Fox News’s Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, said one of the dumbest things you could possibly say on national television,

shut up and dribble.

I don’t even know where to start. I feel like I am back in elementary school arguing over the last tootsie roll or something.

 

Elementary Tristan: Hey, the last tootsie roll! I want it.

Tristan’s Elementary classmate: No, its mine you don’t understand your classmates, and really don’t give a (expletive) about the class.

Tristan: shut up and starve.

 

Ok maybe that was a bad example, but you get my point. Are we tired of everything getting politicized? Yes. Are we tried of stupid divisive comments? Yes (maybe no to both if you are miserable), but at the end of the day can we all just have thicker skin? The only reason I am blogging about this is because Laura Ingram, in all of her infinite wisdom, decided to respond like elementary Tristan’s elementary classmate. We all have a platform to influence others, and we just have to accept that. Thank God for freedom of speech, or a lot of us would be in jail this very moment for something stupid we have all said. Just accept it, be the bigger person, try to see from someone else’s point of view, and don’t tell anyone to shut up. I mean they taught you that in elementary school didn’t they Laura?

 

TRISTAN’S THEORY: 

Now That LeBron has finally came to the realization that he will one day stop playing basketball (maybe), he is now positioning himself to become a powerful agent/agency in the realm of sports. By aligning with the majority of athlete’s views, and by elevating the value of the already valued athlete’s opinion he will have the power on his side. With influence and money LeBron James will begin his dominance off the court by representing some of the world’s best athletes.

You see now? LeBron has been a people pleaser all this year (towards his fellow athletes) and you think its all just because? Not at all, maybe LeBron doesn’t line up with your political stance, but he doesn’t care because he is in the “legacy” stage of his career. This man, as well as his marketing team, has put old LeBron in a position for success beyond the basketball court. Yeah LeBron’s comments were unnecessary, and honestly uninformed, but I really do believe there is a strategy to it.

Just like his hair line, his political rants just keep reappearing out of nowhere. Business strategy or no? You be the judge.