David Letterman's favorite team, the Indianapolis Colts, finished 11-5 last season. That was good enough for second in the AFC South. What must the Colts do to become legitimate Super Bowl contenders?
DA BEARS finished 8-8 in 2020, good enough for second place in the NFC North and good enough to get throttled by New Orleans in the Wild Card round. What must DA BEARS do to get to the top of the NFC?
The Washington... Football Team shocked countless pundits last season, winning the weak NFC East with a 7-9 record. They have a young core consisting of an upbeat front seven that's led by Chase Young. What must the... Football Team do to become serious Super Bowl contenders?
I bet you didn't see this one coming. No, not this pic.
I'm talking about the New York Knicks being 34-27 and on a nine-game winning streak. Everyone knows that the Brooklyn Nets are the superior team in the Big Apple. However, you can't deny that the Knicks have been on a roll. They're headed towards their first playoff berth since 2012-2013, taking out everyone in their way.
The Knicks are a far cry from the 2014-2015 team that started 5-36, displaying superior basketball to that era. How are they doing this? For one, Julius Randle (24 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 6 APG) has been red-hot. Yes, Nikola Jokic is the front-runner for the MVP. However, they've turned to the power forward to be efficient on both ends of the floor, delivering exceptional results. New York's also loaded at the guard position, boasting five players in double digits for scoring. Throw in a deep bench and you have a team that could cause trouble.
It's impossible for the Knicks to win the NBA title this season, especially with James Dolan as your owner. While the Eastern Conference is wide open, it appears to either be the year of either the Clippers or the Jazz. However, that doesn't mean that New York has become an entertaining basketball team. A young core and the resurgence of Julius Randle has given New York basketball fans some hope for the future. They're just hoping their owner doesn't break out the kazoo at the parade.
The Miami Dolphins impressed the NFL world, going 10-6 last season. Granted, they missed the playoffs on the last week of the season. However, they're headed in the right direction. What must Miami do to become Super Bowl contenders?
The premier season in Las Vegas gave the Raiders... an 8-8 record, good for second in the AFC West. There's still plenty of excitement in Sin City for the new football team. However, now's the time to start winning. What must Raider Nation do to become a Super Bowl contender?
We already have some noteworthy headlines after a couple weeks of baseball! Aside from COVID-19, there are some surprises and some disappointments. There are also some certainties that came along with the start. Who rose up to the occasion (for now) and who faltered (for now)?
Before their unexpected run this season, the UCLA Bruins were in a rut. Missing tournaments, having players transfer, de-committing recruits. The torture proved to be too much for the once-proud blueblood, a far cry from the days of John Wooden's dominance. However, Johnny Juzang and Jamie Jaquez brought this squad back to prominence, taking the Gonzaga Bulldogs to the wire in the Final Four. That begs the question: is UCLA back?
There are numerous factors that indicate the Bruins are here to stay. For one, there were no starters during that Final Four run that were seniors. That includes the former Kentucky Wildcat Juzang and Jaquez. Another advantage UCLA has is getting the right commitments, as made evident by recent acquisitions. They just got former Rutgers star Myles Johnson and local product Dylan Andrews. On top of that, they snagged two five-star recruits for the next two classes in the past year. One is from the Class of 2021 in small forward Peyton Watson and the other from the Class of 2022 in shooting guard Amari Bailey.
It's great to see a West Coast blueblood return to relevance. That's especially true after being irrelevant during much of the Larry Scott years. Now the Bruins have a chance to add a 12th title to their trophy case, something the Pac-12 has sorely needed in past years. There's a good chance that UCLA could change the conference's fortunes in the future.
Welcome to another edition of Steam Review, where I highlight games that you can find on Steam! Today, we'll be taking a look at an intergalactic game called Escape From Tethys!
Escape From Tethys is a MetroidVania-style game developed by Sometimes You and Whimsical. Initially released on July 12, 2018, Escape From Tethys was also released for the PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, and XBox One. It also specialized as a platformer, along with being an action/shooter.
Escape From Tethys takes you on an adventure to explore the mysterious world of Tethys. You're a scientist that creates the latest technology and weapons for mankind. You also set forth to defeat the most challenging creatures around, fending for yourself on a dark planet. Along the way, you must grab various upgrades for your survival to further yourself.
There are plenty of reasons to enjoy this game. It's simple in design, straightforward in controls, and can be challenging. Right away, you'll adapt to the style with ease, settling you into a rhythm. However, that might be a problem with the game. It can prove to be too challenging, making life more complex while playing this MetroidVania. That's evident from the start, where you fight the first boss and take plenty of damage. The gameplay also seems uninspiring, making this into a snooze fest.
While Escape From Tethys has its moments, it's a game that can easily be forgotten. There's not enough material to work with, making this a cookie cutter game. That doesn't mean it's a bad game, for it has the creativity found in typical MetroidVania's. However, you're better off trying another game to pass the time.
It seems like the Los Angeles Dodgers are the toughest team in Major League Baseball. Once again, they've acquired a big-name player in the off-season. This time, it comes in the form of Cy Young winner Trevor Bauer. Now, you have a destructive rotation that looks solid from the front to the back end. Can anybody stop Los Angeles this season?
It would've been a safe bet to say that the San Diego Padres were the biggest threat to the Dodgers' title defenses. However, losing Fernando Tatis Jr. for some time will hurt their chances. Still, you have to like what they've done in the off-season as well. They've added Yu Darvish and Blake Snell to their rotation, giving them a formidable group as well.
There are other teams that might not be a match. The Yankees, White Sox, and Mets are starting off slowly. You have the Cardinals that have questionable pitching. The Phillies look good, but they'll be competing in a tough NL East division. The Reds have a red-hot lineup, but can their staff hold up? It's a safe bet to assume the Dodgers will repeat with these variables. But if there's one question mark, it's Clayton Kershaw's playoff performance. He's averaging 7.3 H/9, 1.3 HR/9, and an ERA of 4.19 in his career during the postseason. He must keep it together for the Dodgers to repeat, which can be difficult in a sport filled with parity.
There seems to be no competition for the Dodgers this season. They look loaded from top to bottom and are already 8-2, making them a threat. Therefore, the smart money is on Los Angeles to repeat this season, giving them back-to-back titles.
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