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Alabama – A Dynasty Like No Other

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If you ever wanted to know what it feels like to play Alabama in a National Championship game, look no further than the picture above. Georgia had a great gameplan coming into the game but, like so many teams in recent memory, ran into the buzzsaw that is the Alabama football program. Despite the all too familiar result, last night’s college football National Championship game had it all. It had a dominant first half performance by a team from Georgia which was not to be outshined by a great comeback and overtime victory by a dynastic team that always seems to win titles. Does this sound familiar to anyone at all? (Sorry Falcons fans). On the heels of one of the more stunning and exciting National Championship games in recent memory, a question comes to mind: is Alabama the greatest dynasty in all of modern sports? There’s no question that they are in college football, winning five of the previous nine national championships. But, how do they stack up with the likes of the New England Patriots or the UCONN Women’s Basketball team?

Now, I’m talking about modern sports history here so let’s talk about the last 15 years. During that time period, Alabama has not only won five national championships, but they have appeared in six of them. That is an incredible statistic when you think about all of the teams that compete in Division 1 college football. There are currently 129 Division 1 college football teams. Out of all of those, 64 compete in the Power Five conferences which make up a majority of College Football Playoff selections. This essentially leaves teams with a 1 in 64 chance of winning the national championship. When you look at those numbers and think about Alabama winning a third of the national championships in the last 15 years, you realize how astounding this team’s achievements really are.

The New England Patriots

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A lot of people that watch sports compare Alabama to the New England Patriots. Both teams are dominant, coached by two of the best of all time and among other things, both teams are widely hated aside from their fan bases. In the last 15 years, the Patriots have made the Superbowl seven times and like Alabama, have won five titles. However, I would venture to say that their achievements are not quite as impressive as Alabama. The main reason for this is because the Patriots have had the advantage of consistency. Over the course of their reign, the Patriots have been led by Bill Belichick and Tom Brady; the entire time. The Patriots are impressive because no matter how much their players change, they always find ways to be successful. This is due in large part to the stability of having the greatest coach and quarterback combination of all time calling the shots together. While Alabama has had Nick Saban as their head coach for 10 years, college football does not grant them the stability offered in the NFL. We saw an example of this instability last night when Nick Saban pulled his starting quarterback Jalen Hurts at halftime after a horrendous first half in favor of true Freshman quarterback Tua Tagovailoa. This seemed like an interesting decision but, as things usually do, it worked in Saban’s favor with Tagovailoa throwing for three touchdowns including the game-winner in overtime. This instability, combined with the fact that Alabama gets to hold onto their best players for four years at most before they go to the NFL or graduate, makes their achievements all the more impressive.

UCONN Women’s College Basketball

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Now let’s compare Alabama to another college team but in a different sport: the University of Connecticut Women’s Basketball team. Over the last 15 years, the UCONN women’s team has won nine national championships. While this achievement alone is impressive, it is even more impressive how they have done it. In their nine national title games, UCONN has won by an average margin of 16.5 points. Not only have they been winning national titles like it’s nobody’s business, but they’ve been doing it in blowout fashion. This is incredible to think about, but it is also the reason why I believe they are not quite the dynasty that Alabama football is. They have a similar pedigree to Alabama, including a head coach in Geno Auriemma who is arguably the greatest basketball coach of all time. However, the lack of parity in women’s college basketball is this team’s downfall. For example, so far this season the UCONN women’s team has an average margin of victory of 36.2 points and their closest game was a 9-point victory over then number 2-ranked Notre Dame. While this is unbelievable, it also proves that there is an extreme dip in talent between UCONN and the rest of Division 1 women’s college basketball. So, if the level of talent that you’re competing against is nowhere near yours, can you really be considered one of the greatest dynasties in modern sports?

While there are other dynasties in the making in modern sports, including the Golden State Warriors of the NBA, the three teams above are three of the more impressive examples of dominance in their given sport. While you can make an argument as to which team is the better of the three, one thing is for certain; you do not want to play them in a championship game.

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The Best Moments Of The 2018 NBA Draft

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The NBA Draft is filled with surprising moments. Teams passing on future stars and crazy trades. The draft is beginning and the end for some teams. The 2018 NBA Draft is no different. So check out some of our takeaways for the night.

Best Move: Tray Young & Luke Doncic

The Atlanta Hawks drafted big man Luke Doncic at number 3, after the Kings passed on him. Alot of that had to do with rumors of Doncic not wanting to play in Sacramento. The Hawks traded the rights to Dallas for Tray Young. This was a win-win for both teams. Doncic is a good fit with the Mavs current core and can be the heir apparent to Dirk. This gives him a HOF to learn from during his rookie season. Tray gets to go to East and become the new face of a franchise.

Atlanta also picked up a 2019 first-round pick from the Mavericks that will convey to them next June as long as it falls outside the top five, according to the New York Times’ Marc Stein.

Same Ol Shit: Sacramento Kings Taking Another Big Man

Kings went with Duke product Marvin Bagley III, after reports that Doncic didn’t to play for the Kings. The Kings seem to favor the centers when they could’ve got younger at PF or SF. The team is already filled with big men. The Kings were are also high on Michael Porter Jr., but he fell to 14th in the draft due to some medical questions with his hip.  Not that Bagley is a bad pick, it just the Kings being the Kings.

Biggest Winner: Joell Embiid

WTF Award: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander

Tray Young decided to show up to draft with a short suit. We thought that would be the most outrageous suit. Until Shai Gilgegous-Alexander showed up. The Clippers rookie channeled his inner Russell Westbrook with his floral suit.

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Nike Releases Exclusive Golden State Championship Epic React

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The Golden State Warriors are now a Dynasty after winning their third NBA Championship in four years.

Nike has commemorated the championship with exclusive Epic Reacts for the team. The Flyknit footwear that will never be released to the public.

This special edition Nike Epic React Flyknit bears the regal colors of white, gold, and black with the Larry O’Brien trophy hangtag and custom insoles. Just 37 pairs were made in sizes ranging 9-18 exclusively for the Warriors organization, and you might’ve caught Andre Iguodala wear them during the parade.

 

 

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Kyrie Irving Turns Down Contract Extension With Boston

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Kyrie Irving was the biggest summer team addition in 2017.

Irving can sign a max of a four-year, $101 million deal with the Celtics this summer. According to ESPN’s Chris Forsberg, Irving does not plan sign any contract extension.

Irving is set to make $20 million dollars during the 2018-2019 season. He also has a player option for 2019-2020 that would pay him $21 million dollars. Boston have the Bird rights for Irving, which would allow Boston to go over the salary cap to sign Irving.

Irving holds the cards in this situation. If he leads the C’s to a championship he could demand a max contract that will pay him $200 million. If Boston decides not to resign Irving their are teams lining up to pay him.

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