The NCAA Is Dead

The NCAA Is Dead

With the sports world in limbo and with league returns being forced to a single location in these hub and bubble locations. The way sports are played is changed forever, and this will kill the NCAA.

The NCAA has not said much about how all sports will be played in the fall semester of 2020. Which is not a good sign as we inch closer to the start of the fall semester for most universities. With the prospect of COVID-19 spiking again in the fall how will this affect the NCAA? Unlike all the professional sports leagues across the world, there is no logical way for teams to play in a specific location the NCAA is a collection of thousands of schools under one banner. To get each division and each sport to move to a single location to play a season’s worth of games is impossible.

The NCAA would not only have to get consent from the parents of each of the athletes but they would also have to get the schools to agree upon moving their students for an extended period. The schools are also an issue in themselves, as several schools such as Rutgers University and Queens College have already announced that online classes will continue in the fall. This will defiantly affect the number of student-athletes available to participate in events.

Along with schools not having classes in person the bigger problem is state regulations. Each state has its regulations on gatherings and training for athletes. Not to mention the rules each sperate university has on COVID testing and social distancing. This is even worse for foreign students who come to NCAA colleges to play sports. They would have to be brought in under even harsher regulations depending on which country they are coming from.

Lastly the money, this is the biggest problem for the NCAA with no spring sports and the cancelation of the 2020 Men’s and Women’s basketball tournaments this past march. The NCAA has not had a steady stream of revenue coming in to fund the countless sports programs. With no explanation from the NCAA on how football their most profitable sport will be played the NCAA will have lost millions of dollars if they cannot come up with a plan and fast. So, the NCAA is dying and will soon be a thing of the past.

Is the NHL Draft Lottery Rigged?

Is the NHL Draft Lottery Rigged?

                Only hours after the 2020 NHL draft lottery people where upset. This year’s draft was something special as the first overall pick will go to a team yet to be determined which is a first for any sports league.  As with the NHL has yet to finish its season all teams eliminated in the play in round of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, will have an even chance to get the first pick in the draft. But what about the teams who are not in the 24-team playoff. They get picks 2-8 sadly so this brings up the question is the draft Lottery rigged?

                With everyone expected the horrendous Detroit Red Wings to fall into the No. 1 overall pick, the Red Wings dropped to No. 4 overall. The Ottawa Senators who had the best individual percentage at the first overall pick took the third spot with the Los Angeles Kings slotting into the second. Then, with the No. 1 overall pick on the line it was given to one of the eight teams in the qualifying round of the expanded 2020 NHL playoffs.

                Which means, one of the following teams will get the pick after they fall in the first round of the playoff should they even be played this summer:

  • Pittsburgh Penguins
  • Carolina Hurricanes
  • New York Islanders
  • Toronto Maple Leaf’s
  • Vegas Golden Knights
  • Calgary Flames
  • Edmonton Oilers
  • Nashville Predators
  • Montreal Canadiens
  • Columbus Blue Jackets
  • New York Rangers
  • Florida Panthers
  • Chicago Blackhawks
  • Arizona Coyotes
  • Minnesota Wild
  • Winnipeg Jets

Everything about this is madness, but this is not the first time something like this happened. People have said something similar happened in 2019. With teams like the Sabers and Senators losing the top three picks to big name teams such as the Rangers and Blackhawks. It’s chaos. But if it is rigged it’s going to keep the NHL in the headlines for far longer as every team has more to play for in the play in rounds so in conclusion, Gary Bettman the NHL commissioner is an evil genius.

The Undertaker: 40 years of digging holes and taking souls.

The Undertaker: 40 years of digging holes and taking souls.

If it wasn’t for the Undertaker, I would not be a wrestling fan today. The man was my first true introduction into the world of not just World Wrestling Entertainment but to the whole Pro Wrestling industry. He was a character from a bygone era that has evolved with the times and made himself relevant for every generation.
With the last part of his 5-part documentary series, he addressed that he was done with wrestling, and with the WWE confirming it with thank you posts on social media that are the final say. What has been rumored for the past 10 years has finally happened the Undertaker and Mark Calaway has finally closed the book on his wrestling career. Many fans can agree the man has defiantly earned this retirement.
Mark Calaway began his career in 1987, working as various gimmicks for World Class Championship Wrestling (WCCW) and other affiliate promotions, and he became USWA Unified World Heavyweight Champion and WCWA Texas Heavyweight Champion during this time. After signing with World Championship Wrestling (WCW) in 1989, he had a brief stint in the mid-card as “Mean Mark” Callous, before joining the World Wrestling Federation (WWF, now WWE) in 1990.
Calaway was rebranded as “The Undertaker” in the WWF and gained significant mainstream popularity as a horror-themed, macabre entity who employed scare tactics and held links to the supernatural. The longest-tenured wrestler in company history at 40 years, The Undertaker was one of the most prominent figures of the Attitude Era, a boom period in the company’s business in the latter 1990s. His character transitioned into a biker in the early 2000s, before returning to a refined version of his previous gimmick in 2004. The Undertaker is heavily associated with WWE’s flagship annual event, WrestleMania, where he became known for The Streak, a series of 21 straight victories, and he headlined the event on five occasions.
The man has done it all and at the age of 55, he has not had much else to add to his resume as a wrestler. The Undertaker has done all there is to do in the world of pro wrestling and too many people he has been the one guy they picture when someone brings up wrestling. If this is truly the end of his career there is one thing to say and that is thank you.
WWE vs AEW which is the better show?

WWE vs AEW which is the better show?

Ever since 2001, World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) has been the only pro wrestling game in town after winning the Monday night wars against World Championship Wrestling (WCW). Since then wrestling fans have been dreaming of an alternative to WWE for years, and in 2019, they finally got their wish with All Elite Wrestling (AEW).

AEW is a start-up company that is funded by Tony Kahn, the owner of the NFL Jacksonville Jaguars. He has been a major wrestling fan. Along with some of the most passionate workers in the pro wrestling business, they were able to put this new league together and get it off the ground in a very short amount of time. AEW has been in operation for a little over a year now and they have shown that, unlike other companies that have tried in the past, they are here to stay. They have the funds and the talent to be an alternative to the WWE.

WWE has not let AEW go unnoticed however. Once AEW launched their weekly programming on Wednesday nights with AEW Dynamite -which originally did not compete against any WWE programming – WWE made sure fans have genuine competition by moving their best show NXT from their streaming service to cable tv to go directly against AEW. Thus, the Wednesday night wars have begun. So, after a year of programming and several major PPV’s in the books, who right now has the better show: WWE or AEW?

If you look at the ratings AEW has won 81% of the time, but that is only half the story. AEW has been able to put on great shows with amazing action despite only being able to run shows out of the Jaguar’s practice facilities, even with WWE also running shows out of their performance center. WWE has put on less live shows with considerably more scripted events and less live-action than AEW. WWE and NXT have been lacking the right push to get them over AEW on a weekly basis. The only way NXT has won against AEW is when they have big names from their other two shows to help them- they have the name brand talent. But WWE has been brought down by bad story telling and a lack of interest in the product. This is unlike the AEW, which has been new and fresh. And people want to see something new and fresh.

Of course, this is all subjective to your taste in programming. If you like fast action and great athleticism go watch All Elite Wrestling. If you like more storytelling and more drawn out narratives go watch NXT. This choice is something wrestling fans have been clamoring for. In the time of no sports, let wrestling fill the void. And go pick a side in the Wednesday night wrestling wars!

Could Not Returning Equal being Irrelevant?

Could Not Returning Equal being Irrelevant?

Absolutely, not returning will hurt a sports league and force their relevance in the eyes of the fans and the general public to go down dramatically. This has happened in the past with lockout season in all four major north American sports and each league knows that their survival is based on returning to play.
First, let’s address the Elephant in the room, Major League Baseball (MLB) the only league that does not have a return to pay plan in place and it is absolutely tasteless. This holdout has shown that the players and owners have such big egos that they can’t agree on a return to play plan and this will ruin baseball for a long time. The idea of baseball as a sport that can easily be played in an empty stadium, which most small market teams already do with how low their attendance Is, is not revolutionary.
The sport lends itself to being played with no fans and it is easy to keep social distancing regulations as the sport already has some in place, with spacing of positions in the dugout and bullpen. Any other regulations that can be added will be fairly simple as it is building on the already established formula of core baseball fundamentals. But at the end of the day this is the only league that can not agree on the financial side of a return to play plan and fans have already started to notice and have started to ignore them.
This has happened before as the MLB as they have had several lockouts, and fans answer to those lockouts was to change the channel and watch other sports. This was exactly what happened in the early 90’s as fans turned to basketball and a rising NHL and boosted their fan bases while MLB staggered until a resurgent’s to the end of the 90’s and into the 2000’s.
As we are learning history is bound to repeat itself. With the Covid-19 pandemic fans would rather watch the new crazy tournaments going on in the NHL as they have agreed on a 24 team playoff tournament that will start in August and the NBA having the 20 best teams fighting it out in late August and September to give us a NBA champion. Not to mention the return of the NFL which has surpassed baseball as Americas favorite pastime in the fall. Will there be room for baseball? If they can’t figure it out and come to an agreement soon, absolutely not.