Now we got an NBA season! Or rather, we got the 2019-2020 NBA season restarted. 22 teams will be playing for the right to compete for the NBA title, with eight being left in the dust. All this will be going down in Orlando with the latest end date being October 12. Everything will commence on July 31. With that being said, here are the winners and losers of the NBA restart.
Once again, this is your reminder that the Premier League is returning on June 17. Yes, i am excited for another sports league returning. However, there are a couple things I'm looking forward to when the league returns.
First and foremost, Liverpool is expected to win the league. With only one loss and one draw this season, the Reds are on a historic pace. I've mentioned the duo of Mohamed Saleh and Sadio Mane numerous times on here. They deserve great praise for their accomplishments. However, Liverpool is only allowing 0.72 goals per match and only have three errors leading to goals. To top it off, they don't have a single own goal this season. Another part of why I'm looking forward to Liverpool winning is because I am a sucker for first-time champions. That is what makes Liverpool's victory that much sweeter.
The other thing I'm looking forward to is seeing the smaller clubs succeed. Remember 2015-2016 when Leicester City shocked the world and won the Premier League? Well, they're back. Although Leicester won't win the Premier League this season, the Foxes are sitting pretty at third thanks to their stingy defense. Other clubs that are thriving include Wolverhampton (43 points) and Sheffield United (43 points). With clubs like Manchester United, Manchester City, and Chelsea dominating the league for so long, it's refreshing to see the little guys get a chance.
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Welcome to another edition of Blending Buddy, where I showcase the drinks I make to live a healthier lifestyle. This edition is what I call "Big Papaya" (Baby bay-bay)!
It's no secret that the game of baseball is in danger of being forgotten. Falling attendance, falling ratings. It's all culminating to a perfect storm of being left in the dust. The coronavirus hasn't made things better, leaving baseball without two full months of a full season.
Even sports writers are worried there won't be a season. With MLBPA pushing back against possible pay cuts and wanting a longer season, it seems that there will no baseball this year with each passing day.
What's worse is that the current CBA runs through 2021. If the owners and MLBPA can't agree to a shortened season, what makes you think they'll agree to a new bargaining agreement? There are also many underlying issues involving the arbitration system and the luxury tax that will be magnified when negotiations resume.
Also, imagine if MLB has two of three years without a full season, or even a season. This will hurt attendance even more along with the television deals that all teams have. That will be something that baseball will never be able to recover from.
We got British soccer... err, football! With the Premier League set to restart on June 17, Brits and Europeans alike can get their international football mix while North Americans can wake up to sports (yay!). Here are some story lines to watch for when the season restarts.
With the NHL setting a return format and the NBA getting a date pinned down and their season restarted, the pressure now lies on MLB to get their season going. MLB owners have sent a proposal that the player's union hasn't budged on... yet.
The problem with this is that baseball players aren't going to take another cut. In fact, the MLBPA is pushing for more games along with the pay cuts out. Will the owners accept?
Personally, I don't think it will happen. The skepticism also grows by the day. The MLB owners will never budge on giving the players more money and the players will never budge on what they're asking for, even if it comes at the cost of the season.
Unfortunately, this will put a damper on the hopes of growing the game of baseball. With the Astros cheating scandal taking over sports headlines and the steroid era still having its lingering effects, this current predicament will not do MLB any justice. It will neglect fans who are forced to deal with rising ticket prices and hurt any chance of bringing new fans in.
If baseball is to grow for the near future, it needs a compromise to come in as soon as possible. Unfortunately, both sides plan on trying to get what they want, with the fans being left in the cold.
Are you down for a ham jam? Then check out today's Nostalgia Game Review of Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite! Released for the Game Boy Color on April 21, 2001, Hamtaro is an adventure game based on the popular anime. Hamtaro was developed by Pax Softnica and published by Nintendo.
The goal of Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite is simple: Gather all the ham-hams that have wandered off! You collect sunflower seeds and acorns on the way, which you can use as a type of currency. You also learn various words from the hamster language, which... is interesting. You can participate in "ham jams", which use the expressions from these words. You can have so much fun with these ham jams! You can also dress up Hamtaro in various outfits, ranging from a baseball uniform to a kimono. AWW, HOW ADORABLE!
Surprisingly, there are no boss fights in this game. That's not a bad thing since you have objectives that you have to complete in order to move on. Think of Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite as a bit of a puzzle. How will you crack this puzzle? Who do you need to talk to?
There's also numerous modes that you can partake in. You can create an aforementioned "ham jam", you can trade your outfits with your friends, or you can just go on an adventure. There's plenty for you to do in this game.
Hamtaro: Ham-Hams Unite is a cute game that's simple and enticing to play. Do one thing! Get... This game!
Boy, do I miss Robin Williams and his exuberant personality. His performances in movies like Aladdin and Mrs. Doubtfire were legendary. But he was much more than a movie star. This picture below shows the unique character that is Robin Williams. This is certainly a pick-me-up during this pandemic. R.I.P. to a legend.
With the coronavirus putting everyone and everything on halt (it goes without saying), every sports league has been itching to get back. They've been patient while concocting ways to get back to action. The NHL may be the first major sports league in North America to get back to action with their 24-team playoff format to finish the 2019-2020 season.
I don't mind the format at all. Yes, there are teams like the Pittsburgh Penguins that don't want to see Carey Price in a shortened series. However, I'm just glad that there are sports back in some capacity. Plus, the NHL has always been known for exciting playoff hockey. The Los Angeles Kings won the Stanley Cup as an 8th seed in 2012.
I'm just glad there will be hockey soon. Now, about the NHL Draft...
I don't know if I did a blog post on the "Artist Formerly Known As". However, I don't care if I did. Prince deserves another (R.I.P.). Here's a list of my favorite songs from Prince.
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