The opening contest was as good as it gets with Keith Lee continuing his feud with Dominik Dijakovic for the North American Championship and you knew right off the bat the energy was going to be brought. Ending the night with Adam Cole retaining the NXt heavyweight championship from Tommaso Ciampa in the main event brought down the road to NXT Takeover Tampa.
The beauty is we have time to figure this all out. Talent such as Killer Kross, Velveteen Dream, Timothy Thatcher and Austin Theory I am sure will play a role as well. One thing remains, NXT’s roster is as good as it’s ever been.
An exciting season is supposed to be happening this summer. Problem is the Mets find a way to Met it up. Reports came about that according to Bloomberg News the Mets will be going to an open bid and the highest bidder will now get full control of the team. The question is why couldn’t Steve Cohen just get full control?
We read from December till now that a handshake agreement was put in place and it would be a five year plan before Cohen took control. But ownership, namely Jeff Wilpon, found a way to sabotage it all. Just another unfortunate situation for a Mets team that has high hopes going into this season.
Now the question is who will take control of this situation? We know they’ve hired adults to run this now in “Allen and Company.” An investment bank has now taken charge in the process. Even though Jeff’s son works for them.
SNY, which is the cash cow of the organization yet won’t be for sale. This would be the third time the Mets are up for sale. In 2011 David Einhorn had agreed to purchase the team only for the Wilpon’s to back out. The question remains, can these guys be trusted?
We know the Wilpon’s need the money and can’t afford to have this investment anymore, but the fan base needs them gone. This has past them by. They can’t afford to keep the Mets in the state they’re in. They can’t keep acting like a small market team in a big market.
Did the Kansas City Chiefs win the Super bowl or did Kyle Shanahan give it to them? We can go on and on about who was to blame for the San Francisco 49ers loss in Super Bowl 54 Sunday to the Kansas City Chiefs. Lots of factors played into it, and of course will give the credit to Patrick Mahomes and company. But the guy who should be at the head of the blame game table belongs to the head coach. Shanahan has now been on the wrong end of two of the biggest comebacks in Super Bowl history. He was the offensive Coordinator for the Atlanta Falcons debacle where they blew a 28-3 loss to the New England Patriots, and the Falcons have still never recovered. People said he got to conservative and didn’t do enough to win when New England grabbed momentum. Super Bowl 54 played out the same way.
Let’s start with clock management. Right before the half, the 49ers defense had gotten Mahomes and the Chiefs to punt the ball. With all three timeouts left, Shanahan decided let’s not use them. What was he saving them for? He had over a minute left on the clock to make something happen. Jimmy Garoppolo had been dominant in the two minute offense all year. So why all of a sudden change up what made you successful? They wound up throwing a deep ball to Tight End George Kittle, but was called back for a questionable offensive pass interference. After that Shanahan said he was content going into the half tied at 10. Even his GM John Lynch was showing signaling for Shanahan to call for a timeout. What does that tell you?
Not having the confidence in his offense was on display when his team had momentum and on a fourth and two, he decided to kick a field goal to go up 13-10 rather than going for it. His running attack had been thriving for the game and they had two very reliable backs in Raheem Moster and Tevin Coleman, not to mention a strong, and likely best fullback in the game in Kyle Juszcyk. Even doing trickery with Deebo Samuel would’ve been wise. The 49ers had plenty of options. So why not go for it and keep the ball in your offenses hands rather than give it back to Mahomes and keep Kansas City in the game? You had a chance to end it early, but instead you kept the Chiefs in the game.
RUN! RUN! RUN! That should’ve been the advice Shanahan should’ve been giving his offense. Instead as the running attack had done well all game, he put the ball in Garappolo’s hands. I thought he could handle it, but didn’t think Jimmy G had to even throw it. He didn’t play his best game and when the score was 20-17, Mostert got a five yard run on first down and instead of continuing to dominate on the ground and chew up more clock, and he elected to let Garoppolo throw it. Incomplete passes would only stop the clock and let Mahomes have his moment. The last two drives were a disaster for the 49ers. By the time Shanahan had confidence in his quarterback, the team lost all momentum. Two weeks ago, in the NFC Championship game, against the Green Bay Packers the run worked. So why all of a sudden are you jumping off of something that was helping?
Many other reasons unfolded, such as the 3rd and 15 completion against the stacked Niners defense, or Garoppolo missing Emanuel Sanders wide open at the end of game. Missed tackles played a role for the Niners defense too. You can also blame the refs for plenty of missed calls. But the one truth remains, and that’s Kyle Shanahan once again chocked away another Super Bowl. The 49ers will be back, but can this guy be the leader to a championship? We shall see.