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Thursday, September 21, 2017

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Eyes On NBA: 5 Best Off-Season Moments

By @TrueGodImmortal 

The NBA off-season has been fun.... but it's almost over. From the NBA Draft to the Summer League to Free Agency and everything in between, the off-season has given us some interesting moments, some strange moments, and some hilarious scenarios over the last three months. As the NBA gets ready to begin training camp And the preseason, what better way to get you ready for the season than a look at 5 of the best off-season moments. Let's get into it.

5. Lonzo Ball Wins Summer League MVP After Being Drafted To Lakers 

-Big Baller Brand is forever. The Ball Family is clearly forever. When Lavar Ball said that his son would be drafted by the Lakers as the no. 2 pick in the draft, many doubted him. When it all came true, he looked like a genius. Lonzo has been one of the most interesting parts of the NBA off-season, from his ridiculous comments to his random need to make hip hop music all the way to his success in the NBA summer league. Lonzo would win Summer League MVP, helping the Lakers to win the Summer League championship and slowly but surely, he's being given the keys to become the franchise in LA... at least for this season. Whether or not Lonzo has a monster rookie season, all eyes have been on him this entire off-season.

4. The Bulls Ruin The Franchise....Again 

-Color me shocked. The Chicago Bulls trade away their franchise player who just came off of his best season possible. With the news coming out that the Bulls had their eye on Kyrie and that he wanted to play with Jimmy Butler, this makes the whole scenario even dumber now. However, the Bulls decided to trade away Jimmy Butler to the Minnesota Tinberwolves for a deal that was actually worse than what they offered the Bulls a year prior. Jimmy Butler would have been better suited in Chicago as the clear no. 1, but the Bulls didn't see a future there........ So they decided to trade him for an injured Zach Levine, a slightly higher first round pick in the draft, and Kris Dunn, a 2nd year guy coming off of a subpar rookie season. While many of the idiotic Bulls fans praised the move, the move guarantees the Bulls won't be in the playoffs for some years to come and they have little chance of attracting big names to the franchise, which spells the end of a mostly consistent run for the Bulls to the playoffs for the last 10 seasons.

3. Paul George Traded To OKC

-I'm glad the Pacers see potential in Victor Oladipo. However, what possibly could have possessed them to make THIS trade. I'm sure there were better options and I could have even seen the Bulls doing a straight up Butler for PG trade, even if it was only a one year rental. At least get something in return worthwhile. Instead, they got two players that won't be a factor in exchange for Paul George, a top tier player. Oklahoma City won this trade, as they got rid of an inconsistent player with a huge contract and rented one of the premier power forwards in the entire game to give Russell Westbrook some help. It'll be interesting to see what exactly occurs with PG in OKC and if he stays, and that reason alone makes this trade one of the biggest off-season moments.

2. Kevin Durant And His Moments 

-So. Try and keep up. The Finals MVP has been very busy. From a parade in his hometown to saying Kyrie was better than Iverson, all the way down to his stupid diss of his teammate Steph Curry's brand Under Armour, no one has had a more active off-season than the Finals MVP. The belief is that Durant is far too preoccupied with his haters and that's completely accurate. After releasing shoes to stunt on his haters, KD was revealed to have secret personal accounts on Twitter and Instagram that he uses to converse with fans on the low and to address trolls and haters. Yes, the move is immature, insecure, and a bit childish, but KD is human and mistakes like these might happen.... but it still is weird. Why be worried about the people who hated you or told you that you couldn't do it? Why not just ignore it and not feel the need for validation? No one knows and all these things make Kevin Durant's off-season that much more entertaining and intriguing.

1. The Fallout From The Kyrie Irving And Isaiah Thomas Trade

-So, the acquisition of Chris Paul by the Rockets wasn't a huge shock as many expected him to leave LA, neither was Gordon Hayward joining the Celtics. However, NO ONE saw this coming. At all. I would have expected Kevin Love to be traded before Kyrie Irving. However, Kyrie wasn't having it. He was ready to leave and with that, he decided to make a name for himself by stepping out on his own. After his trade request was heard, many speculated he would end up in New York, or even in San Antonio, but those options didn't make as much sense. The one option I never considered was Boston because they have a star player in IT, so why would they need to do it? However, Boston decided to make this trade and include Jae Crowder and an important pick in the trade as well. What followed in the wake of the trade was shit talking from an injured IT, many social media opinions, and the realization that there is no loyalty in sports business. The culmination of this entire thing is that we knew that Kyrie just didn't want to play with LeBron, and his recent interview on First Take drove that point home. The nonchalant attitude and the honesty from Kyrie helped make this trade even more official and make me want to see the opening game in less than a month for sure. Will Kyrie and the Celtics be better than Bron and the Cavs with IT? That remains to be seen, but one thing is for sure, this season is going to be beyond entertaining.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

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Eyes On NFL: Week 3 Games To Watch

By @TrueGodImmortal

Week 3 is amongst us. I would be lying if I didn't admit that the NFL season so far hasn't been that great. For some reason, the games weren't that great, and while it isn't likely we see a lot of great games this week, there are a few to keep your eyes open for. Let's take a look at those.

*Denver Broncos vs Buffalo Bills

-So, my bias is showing. This game shouldn't be that close, but you never know. The Broncos are coming off two solid wins, while the Bills look rather uneven in the games we've seen them in so far. Will Trevor Siemian have another solid performance and continue his growth as a QB? Will the Denver defense dominate once again? This alone makes it worth the watch. I have Denver winning in convincing fashion, but it could honestly go either way depending on how the defense shows up.

*Houston Texans vs New England Patriots 

-Technically, this game shouldn't even be close. However, the Patriots aren't as unstoppable as they once seemed. After a win over the terrible Saints defense, one has to wonder what will happen against a better Texans defense? Tom Brady had a great game in week 2, and I expect him to continue that. What happens if he doesn't? The Patriots fall to 1-2, and the Texans walk away with a huge upset. It's unlikely that the Texans will win, but I would definitely like to see it happen. For that reason alone, the game is worth watching.

*New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers 

-Let me be clear: The Saints are terrible. However, the Panthers are trying to find their form despite being 2-0. Can the Panthers improve? Will the loss of Greg Olsen really hurt them? Will Drew Brees finally turn those stats into a victory? While the Saints aren't a threat to win anything in the NFC South, it'll be very interesting to see how this plays out and if the Panthers can start the season with a 3-0 start, a far cry from how they started the season last year.

*Detroit Lions vs Atlanta Falcons

-In terms of the most competitive game of the week, this should be the one. Matthew Stafford and the 2-0 Lions against the defending NFC Champions and the reigning MVP, Matt Ryan and the 2-0 Atlanta Falcons. This is a big time game as both teams are undefeated and one will leave with a blemish on their season record. This could be a shootout and a tale of two defenses slugging it out, which could work in favor of the Falcons. Will the Lions walk away with the win or can the Falcons get the W and start 3-0 to help continue to try and wash away the memory of blowing that 28-3 Super Bowl lead.

*New York Giants vs Philadelphia Eagles 

-The Giants suck right now. They're at the bottom of the NFC East and need a win badly. Will they get one this week? Not if the Eagles have anything to say about it. The Eagles have a chance to surprise the world by taking a win and possibly moving into the top spot in the division. Eli Manning isn't looking too good so far in his first two games and even with the return of Odell, it doesn't seem like the Giants are going to do the damage expected. Will we see the Eagles and Carson Wentz pull out a big time victory and the Giants fall further? All signs right now point to yes, but one can never be too sure with a team as unpredictable as the Eagles. That makes the game intriguing to watch.

*Oakland Raiders vs Washington Redskins 

-This is the last game I'll discuss and I'm actually excited to see this one. The Raiders look pretty good and the Redskins bounced back and pulled out a solid win after a tough week 1 loss. While Washington doesn't look too impressive, they have a tough team that can fight until the end and win a game. The Raiders however are looking more and more comfortable on the field and with Marshawn Lynch getting accustomed once again to the football field and Derek Carr already looking like a MVP candidate again, I would bet on the Raiders winning this one, but not without a fight from the Redskins. This game looks easy to pick like all of the games on this list, but they all could go either way, which makes them so intriguing to watch.


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

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EOTR Tag Team Tuesdays: 5 Of The Best ECW Tag Teams

By @TrueGodImmortal

In the ECW days, tag team wrestling wasn't the central thing. It was important of course, but it didn't carry the company quite like the singles division. That notwithstanding, ECW gave us some legendary tag teams, and some underrated teams in general. Today, for Tag Team Tuesdays, I wanted to take a look at the 5 Best Teams in ECW history. There may be a few teams missing that you were a fan of, but these are the 5 greatest.

*The Dudley Boyz 

-When we look at ECW, there is one thing that sticks out about that company, and it's the ability to create stars from interesting circumstances. This is one of those interesting circumstances. The Dudley Boyz started from the infamous Dudley family of ECW that featured a number of members. D-Von and Buh Buh Ray (who had a kayfabe stuttering issue during this run) would eventually dispose of the rest of the family and become true heels and villains. There was nothing quite like the heat that the Dudleys got in their ECW days and they are the greatest tag team in ECW period as it stands. With multiple tag title reigns, controversial moments, and promos that could invite riots, there's no question that the Dudley Boyz deserve to be on this list.

*The Gangstas 

-The most controversial yet entertaining team on this list is without a doubt The Gangstas. It's not even close. They were a rare breed, inciting a lot of reaction due to their gimmick and apparently, New Jack really lived their gimmick. The Gangstas started out in SMW as heels, due to the nature of the south, but in ECW, they would become popular. They were aggressive, bringing in weapons like guitars, chairs, trash cans, and more all within shopping carts, taking the hardcore motto of ECW to heart. They would win the ECW Tag Team Titles twice before eventually breaking up. Still, their impact was felt and they would leave their mark on the company.

*Public Enemy 

-So, the gimmick for this team was horrible. They were white boys with the gimmick of loving and embracing the hip hop culture, but it just felt so forced. Still, the gimmick instantly worked with the ECW crowd and Public Enemy would end up getting over hugely in the company. Their first big feud for me was against the Gangstas which featured some brutal and gruesome matches that are among the best in ECW history. Public Enemy was a part of so many legendary moments in the history of ECW that there's no way you can mention the company without talking about them. They are ECW, just as much as the Dudley Boyz were. That's a fact.

*The Pitbulls

-One team that doesn't get enough credit in ECW is the Pitbulls. It's almost as if they are forgotten, but real ECW fans know what's up. The Pitbulls were tough, rugged, and of course, hardcore. Their run was seen as one of the best in ECW Tag Team history and with notable feuds against Public Enemy, Raven and Stevie Richards, and of course, The Eliminators, they made their presence felt. The only downside that could be used against them is that they only won the tag titles once, but that's a travesty, as the Pitbulls were one of the most popular acts in the history of the company and deserved at least another run or two. Still, the facts remain, the Pitbulls were a legendary team and they made ECW better.

*The Eliminators 

-Aside from the Dudley Boyz, this team might be the most decorated team in the company... without the controversy really. The Eliminators were hardcore but also solid in ring workers who came to entertain the fans without question. After catching fire in USWA, they would come to ECW and instantly get over, becoming a surprise top tier team. They were brought in to job to the Steiners at first, but a change of plans for Paul E. Dangerously instantly made them a sensation in the company. They were presented as an unstoppable force in the company and that's exactly how they were. They had a huge feud with The Pitbulls that made me pay attention to the company as a kid and their matches were mostly classic. Their feud lasted for about 6 months off and on, and then The Eliminators would go on to feud with teams like Cactus Jack and Mikey Whipwreck, The Gangstas, and more. The Eliminators were a great team in the company and there's no doubt that like the other teams on this list, they deserve to be here.


Monday, September 18, 2017

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EOTR Match Of The Week: Chris Benoit vs Triple H vs Shawn Michaels

By @Phranchize19

Sometimes great matches have rematches that don’t live up to the hype. Well on a Sunday night in Canada, we got a rematch to maybe the greatest triple threat match of all time. Let’s get into it.

Shawn Michaels and Triple H had been feuding for almost a year and a half. By the time we got to the 2004 Royal Rumble, they would have a Championship last man standing match. Neither man won as both failed to answer the 10 count. On that same evening, Chris Benoit had won the Royal Rumble giving him a shot at what many thought was the WWE title on Smackdown (Benoit was at the time a Smackdown wrestler). However, Benoit came to Raw and stated that he wanted a shot at Triple H. Shawn Michaels, who felt he was not done with Triple H, asked Benoit to step aside. Benoit refused and got superkicked for his efforts. Since HBK signs the contract, Raw management had a dilemma. It was decided that all 3 competitors would battle in the first ever Wrestlemania triple threat main event for the world title. Benoit wins the match. In the following weeks, Benoit is tormented by being called a one hit wonder and that lightening won’t strike twice.

The Match
All three men started out quickly. Each man gained the advantage and controlled the match for an extended period of time. Shawn Michaels then takes a nasty bump leaving Benoit and HHH to go at it. Once Triple H gains the advantage and tries to win, HBK came back and interrupted the three count. Michaels then delivers Sweet Chin Music to Benoit but suffers a low blow from HHH. HHH then reaches for a sledgehammer and hits HBK right in the back. He then attempts to hit him again only to have Benoit pull him outside. Triple H then throws Benoit into the steps then tries to pedigree Benoit on them only to get reversed and catapulted into the ring post and he eventually lands in the crowd. Benoit then gets back in the ring and blocks the attempted superkick and HBK gets trapped in the sharpshooter. Triple H attempts to make the save but HBK taps out.

-Benoit rubs the world title in both HBK and HHH's faces

-Benoit attempts a top rope suplex but gets knocked to the floor and lands face first

-Benoit goes from a sharpshooter on Triple H to the Crossface on Shawn Michaels in one swift motion

-Shawn Michaels locks Benoit in the sharpshooter in Canada and fans boo him relentlessly as Warl Hebner comes to ask if Benoit wants to quit

-Shawn Michaels attempts a dive onto HHH and Benoit outside of the ring and lands on the table

-Benoit makes Shawn Michaels tap out to the sharpshooter much to Canada’s delight

Grade and Analysis:
This match was simply amazing. Although it was not as good as their prior encounter, this match lived up to the massive hype. The crowd was thoroughly invested in Benoit and they made their voices known throughout the entire match. The psychology of weaving in the Montreal screwjob into this match was a stroke of brilliance. Jerry lawler on commentary was superb reminding everyone that Benoit hasn’t had much success as a main event guy and calling him a one hit wonder. All in all I consider this a gem of a match

Rating: 9.5/10


Friday, September 15, 2017

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Eyes On WWF: 7 Of The Worst Gimmicks Of The 90s

By @TrueGodImmortal

There are times where you find yourself very lost and confused when watching WWE. The New Generation Era and the final years of the Golden Era were definitely some of those times. With some cheesy and horrible gimmicks to go around, the 90s featured what I considered to be the largest amount of trash gimmicks. Today, I wanted to look at those gimmicks and why they were so terrible. Let's take a look.

7. The Goon

-So. A hockey player. Turned WWF wrestler. Alright. Whatever the case is here, The Goon was one of those gimmicks that was just brutal to watch because it made no sense. How does a former hockey player allegedly end up in the WWF to make something happen for his career and end up a jobber? Aside from a terrible showing of this character in high profile matches and squashes, I would say The Goon is a blip in the history of the WWF.

6. Isaac Yankem DDS

-Kane is a legend now. But, at one point, when he had Jewish hair and wore blue pants and showcased his horrible teeth, he was supposed to be a scary dentist who didn't care to actually help his patients teeth. Aside from a feud with Bret Hart, there was literally nothing noteworthy to discuss about Isaac Yankem, but this reeks of being a Vince idea that just didn't have anything to grow on.

5. Max Moon 

-I don't know what to say about this one. The 90s have so many horrible characters that never made any substantial impact and this is no different. Originally set for Konnan, this gimmick ended up going to Paul Diamond and for about 6 months, it was a regular character in the WWF. His costume was hilarious, his entrance was laughable and this character in general was a joke.

4. T.L. Hopper

-The 90s was literally full of Vince taking bad ideas and throwing them against the wall and hoping they stick. This idea? A plumber. What was the reason that Vince was fascinated about turning regular jobs into characters on his show? Did he believe that by showing a plumber that there would be a boost in viewing audience because plumbers would tune in more? It's unknown his reasoning for this gimmick, but this was horrible and forgettable.

3. Mantaur

-I really want to know what the fuck this was supposed to be. I mean, let's be real here. This character was absolutely stupid. It made no sense. A Minotaur character. On WWF TV. Alright. After defeating jobbers, eventually Mantaur would end up becoming a jobber himself, but did have some high profile matches with Razor Ramon and an appearance in the 1995 Royal Rumble. Still, this character was a pain to watch.

2. Doink The Clown 

-I really didnt understand why Vince decided to do this one either. Maybe he's a fan of a certain original version movie that's dominating theaters now or maybe he's just delusional enough to think this shit was going to work. The gimmick was just sad and it didn't work at all. Doink was popular somewhat, but when I look back at it, it was really a hard gimmick to work with and I'm surprised people even supported this.

1. Bastion Booger 

-What more needs to be said? It's Bastion Booger. No, seriously. What needs to be said? Well, here's one thing I can say. Bastion Booger owns a victory over Virgil and Owen Hart. Surprised? I am too. He also feuded with Bam Bam Bigelow before eventually fizzling out and never being heard from again on WWF TV. I mean, look at his costume. Look at his gear. What the fuck was the WWF thinking? I think this is a question that will always get asked.