by Kyle Williams | Jul 25, 2022 | General
(The women’s 4x100m winning team)
One of the most intriguing races of the world championships, the women’s 4x100m relay final was one to watch out for. After witnessing Jamaica complete the clean sweep of the 100m and take the top 2 spots in the 200m, the thought was how fast and not if they would win, however, speed does not win the relay; successful exchanges do.
With the likes of the fastest woman over 200m Shericka Jackson, five-time world 100m champion Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, and Olympic Champion Elaine Thompson-Herah, the world record would be quivering.
In the heats of the 4x100m, after being placed in lane 8, they made it look harder than they need to finish fast with Kemba Nelson, which rightly earned her a place in the final. Some say controversial, but we all know rightly deserved.
Races are not won on paper though and the exchanges have to be as precise and quick as the athletes can be. Walker to Thompson-Herah to Fraser-Pryce to Jackson. However, with a talented team like that teams such as the United States with Abby Steiner and T.T Terry, and Great Britain with Dina Asher-Smith and Daryll Neita should not be counted out.
The start of the final was looking like a chase down more of a fair race when Kemba Nelson covered Asha Philip within 60 meters it was gonna be a blinder until……the baton exchange was messed up on the back straight, where you can listen more of the analysis on the latest episode of GZ SPORTS; link down below, and by the time it came around Steiner was steaming away.
(Twanisha Terry edging Shericka Jackson on the line)
Second exchange (3rd leg) and Fraser-Pryce had a gap to make up on the veteran Jenna Prandini which was an uphill task seeing the bend favored the Americans. Anchor leg; Twanisha Terry, Sherika Jackson. Terry got the baton first and stormed away but here comes Jackson, closing and closing and closing…….but not enough. Disappointment is not the word to describe the feeling, but it is a start.
by Kyle Williams | Jul 14, 2022 | General
(Trinity Rodman; photo via Twitter)
Who was the teenager that broke into the best football squad in the world to then be a mainstay for the United States women’s team? She was the youngest to be drafted into the National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) at age 18 where she won rookie and young player of the year, and a place in the team of the year. Her name is Trinity Rodman, but some know her as, Dennis Rodman’s daughter.
(Trinity and father, former NBA Superstar Dennis; photo via the daily mail)
The former 5-time NBA Champion’s daughter has been showing that the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree with the winning mentality and quality play she exudes. Raised in Newport Beach, California, Trinity has always been intrigued by a different sport from her father. At the age of ten, she played for the SoCal Blues. Even at a young age her determination and hatred of losing were shown.
She won four national championships with the Blues, maintaining a five-year undefeated run. However, during college, she was unable to kick a ball because of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. She went pro after the disrupted season, being drafted by the Washington Spirit with the first overall pick in the draft. She mainly featured in the 2021 NWSL Challenge Cup where she played in all four games, scoring and assisting once.
(Trinity warming up for a league game)
Rodman followed up those impressive showings by scoring seven goals in the 2021 league season. Washington went all the way in the playoffs defeating Chicago Red Stars in the final, Rodman assisting the game-winning goal. Impressive as that showing was, at 19 years old, Trinity was named NWSL Rookie of the Year, and was named US Soccer Young Female Player of the Year.
(FIFA Women’s World Cup Trophy)
In February of this year (2022), Rodman signed an extension with the Spirit making her the highest-paid player in the league’s history. Rodman represented the United States in virtually all age groups, and when she got her chance with the senior team, she hasn’t looked back.
She made her debut in the SheBelieves Cup where after a lively outing against the Czech Republic, Rodman notched her 1st goal in a friendly against Uzbekistan. She has been included in the CONCACAF Championship team and with the way she is playing, her name may be one of the first on the team sheet for the showpiece event.
by Alex Slowes | Jul 7, 2022 | General
Recently there has been news going around that Tony khan, the owner of AEW would like to work with WWE for a cross promotion event. According to Forbes, Tony Khan is open to the possibility of working with WWE & Vince McMahon for an AEW/WWE super show.
As a wrestling podcast host & commentator I think this is a good idea because it would help both companies benefit from a super show but it has to be done right & with the right amount of booking. Imagine the endless possibilities from this if it ends up happening. It could be a major PPV town such as Washington DC, Vegas, New York, Orlando or Texas with AEW & WWE fans coming together for one event which would be amazing but the only issue I see here is the tv rating for an AEW/WWE super show. AEW is TV-14, WWE is PG so in order for a show like this to work Vince McMahon & Tony khan would have to discuss a deal between the two promotions tv ratings & the networks.
As for the talent you would have to lift some push back within the WWE for a character such as Austin Theory or Alexa Bliss to allow the characters to shine in matches against talent on the AEW roster because the two promotions have different rules & roster regulations and the talent would have to adjust quickly within the time frame before the scheduled PPV event. Do I think it may happen? Possibly but Both AEW & WWE have to want it or it’s out the window. I could maybe see it in the works but only time will tell for certain.
by Kyle Williams | Jul 1, 2022 | General
(James Harden declined his player option for a max deal)
From James Harden Declining his $47 million option with the 76ers to Kevin Durant requesting a trade from the Brooklyn Nets, free agency has begun with a bang. Arguably the biggest name was thrown out there, Kevin Durant, was not expected to enter the market after teammate Kyrie Irving wanted out of Brooklyn days before. However, on Thursday, sources told ESPN.s Adrian Wojnarowski the 12-time all-star was seeking to leave the State of New York.
The blockbuster news came as a shock to many thinking everything was alright after Irving decided to stay. With KD, it is rumored that his preference is to go to a ready-made team contesting for a championship, teams such as the Phoenix Suns, Miami Heat, and even the Denver Nuggets.
(Durant testing the trade market)
The Eastern Conference has brewed up other moves with Zach LaVine agreeing to a $215 million extension to STAY in Chicago. The Boston Celtics have finally addressed the problem of no true playmaker by acquiring Malcolm Brogdon from the Indiana Pacers to go along with Marcus Smart in the backcourt.
(Zach LaVine getting his money to stay in the windy city)
The Knicks have cleared house to make cap space for the signing of Jalen Brunson, with the contract rumored to be for 4 years, $100 million. Champion Center Kevon Looney signed to a three-year, $25.5 million deal to return to the Warriors, and Dejounte Murray was traded to the Hawks from San Antonio.
The biggest news came from Washington and from Denver. Two-time MVP Nikola Jokic agreed to a max extension worth $264 million, the highest EVER contract deal in NBA history. Bradley Beal in D.C opted out of his $36.4 million player option which sent supporters into a frenzy thinking he could leave, but he made a U-turn to sign an extension with the Wizards worth $251 million.
(Washington Wizards Point Guard Bradley Beal)
Is all that money thrown out so far but is it all worth it? Beal won 3 playoff games in 5 years so some say maybe not. With a rebuild going on in Portland, what’s happening with Dame? Where does KD end up if this trade comes to fruition? It’s been just over 24 hours so we’re gonna have to wait a while.
by Alex Slowes | Jul 1, 2022 | General
Recently WWE World wrestling entertainment signed Logan Paul to a multi-year deal as a superstar. Logan Paul was last seen teaming with the Miz at WrestleMania Before taking a skull crushing finale after the completion of the Match. It is noted that WWE is also working with bad bunny who is another celebrity. Logan Paul definitely has the skill to be a wrestler based on his WM Match but How will WWE present him to a the fans? It’s likely he will be a baby face and continue the feud with The Miz & because of boxing & YouTube we may see Paul splitting time in between his contract. As a wrestling podcast host I think the fan reaction may be a mix of boo”s & cheers because some people hate him & some people like him but it’s no reaction we haven’t seen before based on John Cenas 20 year run with the WWE. I think signing Logan Paul helps add more of a story to tell on the main roster since the talent is limited & scarce at times. There are many things WWE can do with Logan Paul with the right training & promo work & it will be interesting to see how he does. If WWE is signing celebrities to Contracts expect there to be more on the way.