LAVAR BALL BAD FOR SPORTS: Yahoo! Sports exclaims, “LaVar Ball is a maniac. An absolute maniac.” He brings his road show to an Adidas AAU event in Las Vegas. After his second well-deserved technical, he demands a female referee be replaced. Adidas actually complies. Ball refuses to leave. His team is in disarray. He is abusive and finally forfeits the game. Yahoo! Sports concludes, “It was ugly. It was embarrassing.” Terrible bullyism.
THE AFTERGLOW: The U.S. men’s soccer team gets it done in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Finals win vs. Jamaica seals the deal. New coach Bruce Arenas has yet to lose a match. A late goal in the championship game by Jordan Morris, who had an excellent tournament, seals it. It is a big boost for the USA in men’s soccer. Let’s see if they can carry some of it into the World Cup next year.
COUSINS SAYS IT IS TIME: DeMarcus Cousins stays in the news. How will his first full season for the New Orleans Pelicans play out? Will his surly game evolve? He claims that Anthony Davis is the perfect partner to shock the NBA. “I think the game is actually playing into our hands,” he states. However, his future remains shrouded in uncertainty. With free agency looming, executives across the league will carefully monitor performance and behavior.
A LOOK AT THE NFL: Most predictions point to the New England Patriots as the power to beat in 2017. Some say they will go 19-0. The oddsmakers have them at 2-to-1 to win it all. Very high. From there, it is Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Denver and maybe Green Bay. What it does not account for is injuries. Tom Brady is crucial for a successful run. Then what can Aaron Rodgers do? However, sometimes these predictions…
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