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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?

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Masters Mania: A Recap of Golf’s Biggest Week

Ladies and gentlemen, here we are. It is April 9th, and yesterday the sun set on Augusta National Golf Club. The stage that was set just days ago has officially been torn down, and while most of the golf world has returned to their mundane daily routine, I took the liberty of skipping ALL my classes today to recover from the madness that ensued this past week. I mean, who can watch Bubba Watson putt an eagle chance into a bunker and not need a full day to recuperate? This week has provided us with some… amusing story-lines to say the least. I invite you to take a stroll down the metaphorical, “Magnolia Lane” and reflect on the highs and lows from golf’s biggest week.

At the beginning of the week, everyone had high hopes for Tiger Woods. This man was coming off two top 5 finishes in the Arnold Palmer Invitational and Valspar Invitational, 5th and 2nd respectively. These impressive finishes were reflected in his odds to WIN the Masters, in which he was at 8:1. (Shocked? Me too.) Tiger ended up finishing T32 shooting an aggregate score of 289 (+1), winning the, “Biggest Disappointment Award” presented by none other than… me.

In other, more positive news, the young guns in the field did not disappoint this week. Patrick Reed, the man who now bears the green jacket, is only 27 years old. Not to mention the others who were in contention were not above the age of 29, and this includes Jordan Spieth, Rickie Fowler, and Rory McIlroy. This goes to show that we have an era of young ins that are only going to look to make some history in the coming as years.

Now let’s talk about the last stretch on Sunday. Jordan Spieth showed exactly why he has dominated at Augusta the past 4 years. At 2 PM on Sunday, Jordan was 9 shots behind the lead Patrick Reed held and by 5:30 PM he was tied with the man. Between Jordan’s last 4 years at the Masters, we need to be grateful that he has had the collapses he’s had, because if not, the seen on the 18th green would look something like this…

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Regarding the award that I gave out earlier about the biggest disappointment, Rory McIlroy takes runner up. Rory had the opportunity to finish the career grand slam, making him only the 6th player to accomplish this feat, putting him in very elite company. For those of you that don’t know, the grand slam is achieved when a player wins all four majors, which consists of The Masters, The U.S. Open, The Open, and The PGA Championship. The Masters title is the only one that has eluded Rory, and just when it seemed to be within reach, he let it slip. Rory shot a 74 (+2) on Sunday to shoot an aggregate score of 279 (-9).

This week has been a roller coaster ride, and one in which I am sad that has come to an end. It is always satisfying to see Sunday come to a close on a course that boasts a garden full of Magnolia’s, and not see a single player in the field Milly Rock (No really, I expected that to happen at least ten times this week). The golf elites have awarded a new face the title of Masters champion, and golf and sports fans alike stood by to watch. As I reflect on the week full of golf that I was able to have, 360 days does not seem too long to wait for another roller coaster.

-@wilkersonadylan

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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)

 

 

 

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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.

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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)

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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.

 

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Sports: The Great Equalizer

Sports is one of those things that can bring people together like a herd of cattle. A bunch of people crowded around one flat-screen television, screaming for their /athlete to pull out the victory. Now that’s hats the stuff you can take with you for ever. 30 years down the road you will be asking Frank at work if he remember when the Tom Brady came back beat the Falcons in the Super Bowl (too soon Falcons fans?). My life has been like waves of uncertainty and confusion, but God and sports have always been a comforting constant.
I remember being 8 years old and my parents literally having to restrict me from “T.V. time” because I was watching too much ESPN. The rule in the house was that I could not watch ESPN before 8 am, because my parents knew I had a problem. I would still find myself waking up at 5 am, just to hear what Stewart Scott and Scott Van Pelt had to say about the day in sports.
I was addicted.  I couldn’t get enough of the sports world. I wanted to know everything  that happened amongst every team and player. I quickly found out in 2nd grade that my friends wanted my insight.
My ego swelled as I became the sports “know it all”. I would give people lectures on why certain players were leaving their beloved franchise……. on the PLAYGROUND!  Now don’t get me wrong, I would tear kids up in some four square, but I was the sports wise guy at the same time. Any sports news that happened at my elementary school came from/through me.
My ego quickly deflated when I realized I was not that special, but my takes on sports kinda were! HAHA that may be a contradicting statement, but to me it was just the truth. “Average on the court, but special in opinions” quickly became my motto.
I don’t want to go through my whole life story, but no matter the circumstances sports was there for me. I could be going through the worst week of my life, but when I turn on a football/basketball game my perspective changed. I am sure you have something in your life that has got you though the darkest nights. Without the Lord first of all, and sports; I would be one lost puppy.
I have always been an average to above average athlete my whole life, but my IQ for sports is pretty high (unlike my IQ for school). Can they make a sporting section on the A.C.T. by the way? Anyways, I am willing to risk it all on the thing that has kept me sane for 22 years. Go ask any of my family members! They can only confirm what I am trying to tell you right now!
Sports has been my passion since I was a young boy, and I do not see that changing. Some of my most vivid memories as a boy were watching LeBron James, the Tennessee Tians, and the Tennessee Volunteers play. That may be an odd trio, but at least it will help you know where I am at with my sports takes.
Oh, and also I want you to know as you read this you should do so with a country twang. I am from the holler’s of Tennessee and I am not ashamed to admit it. My southern roots are something that I get ragged on now that I am in “Yankee Land”, but I still embrace it.
Thank you all for taking the time to read this. I love every single one of you. God Bless, and may 5th Down and Long prosper till the end of days!