The Jaguars finished 6-10 last season, but Gardner Minshew swept the Jags Nation with his presence. What can the Jaguars do to get out of being anonymous?
The Arizona Cardinals finished last in the NFC West, but have a promising future thanks to Kyler Murray. What do they need to do to compete in the deep NFC West?
Shorten the regular season by eight games. You will have an expanded postseason AND have a shorter season. The MLB regular season is long and tumultuous at 162 games. A best-of-three wild card round fit in with a shorter season should make the fans happier, even if the playoffs get "watered down".
Rob Manfred could do away with the higher seeds picking their opponents, though. That seems a little tacky. However, it'll be inevitable that MLB expands the playoff field, especially with potential expansion looming. The NHL expanded a long while ago and it has brought us teams like the eighth-seeded Edmonton Oilers (2005-2006) coming one win shy of the Stanley Cup and the 2011-2012 Los Angeles Kings, who were an eighth seed as well, winning it all. In fact, the NHL was a bastion for lower seeds upsetting higher seeds before their current realignment. Plus, the Seattle Mariners may never get a taste of October in the current format (they're trying their best, dammit!).
Yes, the response to the expanded playoffs for Major League Baseball has been sour. After all, the playoffs are all about the best teams making the postseason. But why not give more teams that chance and shorten the length of the season at the same time?
After starting off reasonably well with a 5-2 start, the Carolina Panthers fumbled to nine straight losses, en route to a 5-11 record. What can the Panthers do to turn their fortunes around?
A year removed from their playoff appearance, the Los Angeles Chargers faltered to a 5-11 record. How can the Chargers rebound with their debut in SoFi Stadium looming?
The Miami Dolphins started their "tank" campaign by going 5-11. This is surprisingly good considering how many experts predicted them to possibly go winless. What can the Dolphins do to take the next step forward in their "process"?
Not many people saw the Toronto Raptors as the 2018-2019 NBA champions coming. Led by Kawhi Leonard (who wanted to be in L.A. more), the Raptors had a bevy of outside shooters and role players that led the Raptors to their first NBA title in franchise history. However, this season is more open, with Leonard getting his wish and going home. However, that doesn't mean the defending champions are going away quietly.
Winners of 14 straight (a franchise record), the Raptors have catapulted themselves up to second in the Eastern Conference. Toronto has done a phenomenal job defending inside the paint, limiting opponents to just 41.9 PPG in the paint (second-best in the NBA). The Raptors are also creating turnovers, generating 8.8 steals per game (second-most in the NBA). The result has been the second-best rating in the NBA (104.9), just behind Eastern Conference frontrunner Milwaukee.
As for the shooting part, the Raptors are still making their shots. Making 40.8% of their three-point shots, with 36.2% of their points coming off the three-point shot, the Raptors have drained their long shots. With players like Kyle Lowry (2.8 3PM) and Fred VanVleet (2.7 3PM) making shots, it helps Toronto keep the offensive pressure on.
Can the defending champions make it back to the NBA Finals? It's certainly possible. The only viable contender in the East is Milwaukee and if they go down like they did last season, it would be possible to see Toronto return. Raptors fans will be just as invested as they were last season for this playoff run if Toronto keeps this up.
There were two start-up leagues that looked to provide an alternative to the NFL in the late 2010's. They were the AAF (Alliance of American Football) and the XFL. The XFL was a league that saw some spotlight in 2001, but folded after one season. Likewise, the AAF folded in 2019 mid-season. The XFL is getting a second life, so what advantages does it have over AAF?
Welcome to another edition of Nostalgia Game Review! This edition covers a classic for the Sega Genesis and the SNES, Earthworm Jim. Earthworm Jim is a goofy game that was released in 1994.
You're playing as Earthworm Jim and you're looking to save Princess What's Her Name. The game is a 2D platformer that has some run and gun elements to it as well. There are also levels where you fly through space and you have to beat Psycrow. If you don't beat him, you're stuck in a tiring battle with Psycrow.
Earthworm Jim is a game with its own personality. It has plenty of corny humor and aloof antics within the game. For example, you have to launch a cow into space in order to proceed in a level. The game does a good job of going beyond the traditional platformer. The space levels are a perfect example. There's also a level, "For Pete's Sake!", where you have to protect a dog named Pete from any damage.
The controls for this game take some time to get used to. However, the game is easier once you learn the controls. The game is challenging enough to make you think about a strategy to attack the levels. Overall, it's a nice game.
Earthworm Jim is a game that will make you laugh. It's also a bit of a challenge and will test your might. If you're looking for a challenge, give Earthworm Jim a try!
The New York Giants finished near the bottom of the NFC East, ending their 2019 season at 4-12. What can they do to take that next step?
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