- Josh Rosen
- Baker Mayfield
- Sam Darnold
- Lamar Jackson
- Josh Allen
Continue reading “NFL Draft Positional Rankings”
The Washington State Cougars pulled off a miraculous comeback against the Boise State Broncos to keep their undefeated season alive. But this was no ordinary comeback. The Cougars were brought back by backup quarterback Tyler Hilinski after Luke Falk left due to a head injury. Falk was benched the drive before due to a lackluster performance. His inability to push the ball down the field has been his Achilles heel in the past, and it reared its ugly head again against the Broncos. There were open receivers down the field, but he often decided to check the ball down instead of giving his receivers a chance to make a big play. Continue reading “What the Falk is going on”
Here is Fact Fiction Fantasy’s fantasy football positional rankings for 2017. I was one of six writers to submit rankings. These rankings are our consensus rankings.
2017 Fantasy Football Rankings
Although there will likely be many trades on draft day, this mock draft does not include trades.
1. Philadelphia 76ers select Markelle Fultz: PG – Washington
Continue reading “Final 2017 NBA Mock Draft”
This 2017 NBA mock draft is a collaborative mock between Rahim Merchant and myself. I took the odd picks and Rahim took the even picks.
(1) Golden State Warriors vs. (1) Cleveland Cavaliers: Warriors in 5 Continue reading “NBA Finals – Results”
I will be taking a break from the “Today in Sports” column of my blog. I will occasionally post a “Today in Sports” preview and review article when there is an important sporting event happening. But now that the NBA and NHL playoffs have concluded, I will not be posting a “Today in Sports” column every day.
Golden State Warriors defeat Cleveland Cavaliers 129-120: The Warriors defeated the Cavaliers to win the 2017 NBA championship. This is the first championship for Finals MVP Kevin Durant. Although this helps his legacy, it’s hard to overlook that he joined the best team in NBA history (a team that he lost to in the playoffs) to win the title. Durant was fantastic in these finals, scoring 30 or more points in all five games. He finished this game with 39 points on 14-20 shooting from the field. Stephen Curry added 34 points of his own. Draymond Green and Klay Thompson didn’t consistently put up points, but they were fantastic on the defensive end of the floor all series. Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love picked a bad day to struggle. Although Irving’s 26 points seems impressive, he struggled down the stretch when his team needed him most. Kevin Love finished the game with only 6 points. That’s not even close to good enough. J.R. Smith backed up his “Cavs in 7” tweet with a fantastic game, scoring 26 points on 9-11 shooting from the field. He shot 7-8 from three-point range. LeBron James was the best player in this series. He became the first player in NBA Finals history to average a triple-double. He’s now 3-5 in his 8 Finals appearances, but it’s hard to blame him. He’s been the underdog in six of the 8 Finals matchups. LeBron finished game five with 41 points, 13 rebounds, and 8 assists. Congrats to the Golden State Warriors!
Cleveland Cavaliers at Golden State Warriors: The Warriors host the Cavaliers in game five of the NBA Finals. After losing their first game of the playoffs, the Warriors have a chance of winning the championship in front of their home crowd. Now up 3-1 in the series, the Cavaliers hope to have the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history, just one year after having the greatest comeback in NBA Finals history. Imagine if the “Warriors blew a 3-1 lead” turned into “Warriors blew a 3-0 lead.” Although it’s unlikely, nothing is impossible for LeBron James. He’s the best player on the planet. The Warriors will try to force someone else to step up, something that Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love are capable of doing. This will either be the last game of the NBA season, or a horrifying reminder to the Warriors that a series isn’t over until it’s over.
Tennis – French Open Men’s Singles Final:
(4) Rafael Nadal defeated (3) Stan Wawrinka 6-2 6-3 6-1: Rafa Nadal dominated the French Open. He ran through the tournament without even losing a set. In only one set did one of his opponents win 4 games. That’s an extremely impressive feat for the 31-year-old Spaniard. This was his fifteenth major championship and tenth French Open title. He’s now second all-time in grand slam championships behind his archrival and good friend Roger Federer. It seems like Nadal and Federer are playing the best tennis of their careers, which is absolutely insane to think about at their age. Wawrinka played a phenomenal tournament until the final. He was completely outclassed by Nadal. Wawrinka was 3-0 in finals before this loss. He’ll be back, but today wasn’t his day. Today belonged to Rafael Nadal.
Pittsburgh Penguins defeat Nashville Predators 2-0: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeated the Nashville Predators 2-0 to win the Stanley Cup. The Penguins won the series 4-2. This game (and series) was marred by poor officiating. The Predators scored a goal early in the second period, but it was waved off because the referee incorrectly blew his whistle. Once the whistle is blown, the play is dead. The referee thought the Penguins’ goalie had trapped the puck, but it went under his legs and was scored a fraction of a second after the whistle blew. The Penguins would score the first official goal of the game with just over a minute remaining. They would tack on a second goal when Nashville pulled their goalie. Instead of the score being 2-0 Pittsburgh, it should’ve been 1-1 and heading to overtime. The Penguins deserve credit; it wasn’t their fault that the officials screwed up. But it’s unfortunate that a fantastic Stanley Cup Finals series will be remembered because of poor officiating.
PG: Lonzo Ball, Dennis Smith Jr., Derrick White, Derrick Walton Jr. Continue reading “NBA Draft: My Guys”
Tennis – French Open Men’s Singles Final:
(3) Stan Wawrinka vs. (4) Rafael Nadal: Third ranked Stan Wawrinka will face fourth ranked Rafael Nadal for the French Open championship. Nadal is a clay court specialist, and is one of the greatest tennis players of all time. Nadal is tied with Pete Sampras for the second most grand slam singles titles with 14, just four behind his archrival and good friend Roger Federer. He’s going for his tenth career French Open championship. Wawrinka is going for his fourth major championship, which includes his sole French Open title in 2015. This should be a highly competitive match.
Pittsburgh Penguins at Nashville Predators:
The Predators host the Penguins in game six of the Stanley Cup Finals. Down 3-2 in the series, the Predators must win this game at home to force a game seven in Pittsburgh. They’ll be the favorites to win because every game has been won by the home team. Predators goalie Pekka Rinne has been fantastic at home. He was dominant in games three and four. He’s been awful in the three games in Pittsburgh. Rinne cannot afford to let his struggles enter his mind in this do-or-die game. This is an extremely pivotal game for both teams.
Tennis – French Open Women’s Singles Final:
Jelena Ostapenko defeated (3) Simona Halep 4-6 6-4 6-3: Jelena Ostapenko became a major champion at the young age of 20 years old. She defeated third ranked Simona Halep to secure the French Open championship. After losing the first set and first three games of the second set, Ostapenko caught fire. She started to control the points, and seemingly couldn’t miss. Halep didn’t have an answer. After winning five of the last six games in the second set, she would close by winning five straight games in the third set to capture the title.
Tennis – French Open Women’s Singles Final:
(3) Simona Halep vs. Jelena Ostapenko: The French Open Women’s Singles Final will be between third ranked Simona Halep and unranked Jelena Ostapenko. Both women are going for their first ever Grand Slam championship. Halep has won many tournaments on her way to becoming the third ranked player in the world, but she has yet to win a major. This is her best chance yet. Ostapenko is only twenty years old, and will likely get many other chances if she continues to play at this level. It’s easier said than done, but she’s been impressive throughout the tournament. The key for Ostapenko will be to handle her nerves, because this is the greatest challenge she’s faced in her career. The winner of the match will be immortalized for life.