The Brooklyn Nets made the strides to be one of the most popular teams in the NBA. They have Jay-Z as a owner, built a beautiful stadium, and sported a fashionable new look. No one seems to be paying attention though because of their lack of superstars. Regardless, the Nets are a playoff threat and all should be aware.
Power rankings is going to be a little different this week. There appears to be too much turnover between the teams. My rankings are supposed to rank the five teams with the best chance to win the national title, but after weeks of constant losses by top 10 teams, even that picture is unclear. So I am here to clear it up. Instead of ranking the top 5, the teams that I think are capable of winning it all are going to be listed here today. In no particular order…
Another week of college basketball means another week of Top 5 upheaval. How wins by Minnesota, Virginia, and Penn State were three different variations of the now commonplace college basketball upset.
The Kansas City Chiefs trading for Alex Smith is a significant move for them. Smith now has to prove that he can produce without the help of Jim Harbaugh. If he can, then the Chiefs will be a team to look out for.
February 22, 2013
I. Spartan Training: The Commencement
I have never been incredibly fit in my life. I’ve never seen a six-pack of abs on me. In fact, for more than half of my life, I’ve been overweight (the ‘Glory Days’). In high school, I joined sports, but even then I never managed to reach a very remarkable level of fitness. Since being in college, I have not had any external motivation to get fit…until two weeks ago, when I, along with brothers and friends, made the decision to register for the Spartan Race in Pennsylvania on July 13, 2013. Accordingly, I established a ten-week training schedule, as well as a diet plan that I will be following. This article will be the first of a series of 5 romanticized articles that follow my progress.
The first week I did power rankings was the best day in college basketball in the entire season. I got to attend Pitt beating UCONN, then watched Florida blowout Mizzou, Louisville lose to Cuse in the final minute, Michigan State upend OSU by 3, and then end with possibly the best game of the season Butler beating Gonzaga. I watched all of these games without even changing the channel. It was quite honestly one of the best weekends I’ve had since I got to college. I was looking forward to more of that with all of the great matchups in the Big East and Big 10. But ESPN has not delivered. Since then their Gameday games have been horrible, including tomorrow’s game of Mizzou at Kentucky. Every Friday night I go on to ESPN to plan my day out around the basketball, and I am tired of seeing only one game I need to watch. FYI, Saturday’s is Georgetown at Syracuse.
As always, these rankings are based on how likely they are to win the national championship, not how they are playing right now. Let’s do it.
So I finally decided to introduce a pretty remarkable new feature to The Sports Floor – It’s called ‘Goal Of The Week’. I don’t think I need to explain further.
Some may be thinking at this point “hmmm … Isn’t this just going to be a Messi/Ronaldo bandwagon?” The answer is no as you will see from the this week’s chosen winner, and I would just like to reassure everyone that you will be witnessing something special each weekend. It would be an extremely rare circumstance if I had to choose a player twice to claim this award.
This week’s pick was chosen from the 2nd tier competition in Europe, known as ‘The Europa League’ (basically teams that finish between numbers 4-6 in their countries domestic league) and features a majestic strike from an generally worldwide overlooked Belgian player (unless you follow the Premier League religiously) who goes by the name of Moussa Dembele. The attacking midfielder’s 89th minute strike put Spurs into the next round of the Europa League against French outfit Lyon – who are one of the most renowned teams in France.
But that’s enough chit chat – i’ll let you judge the quality of this strike for yourselves.