Basketball Tag

After Sunday, only four teams will be left in the spectacle we know as March Madness. So, as you’re watching the Elite Eight games this weekend, and getting ready for next weekend’s Final Four, we’d like to share some drink recipes from our friends at Captain Morgan, Crown Royal, and George Dickel! After all, every good March Madness viewing party needs exciting drinks to match the excitement on your television. Many of the games this time of year are unpredictable and come down to that last second shot. If youRead More

Posted On October 14, 2015By Ascher RobbinsIn Girls, Manzone

#WCW: Maya Moore

-Maya Moore- Instagram: mooremaya Twitter: @MooreMaya Known for: Ballin’ out. – If you watch sports, chances are you’ve heard of Maya Moore. The former UConn (where else?) women’s basketball star is now starring for the Minnesota Lynx of the WNBA. And if you didn’t know, Maya and the Lynx won the WNBA championship AGAIN tonight! The victory marks Maya’s third WNBA Championship in the last five years – not too bad. Maya didn’t have the best game of her life last night – she’s set a high bar, winning Finals MVPRead More
Now that the NCAA’s Men’s Basketball Tournament is over, it’s time to think about the 2015 NBA draft. If you root for a team like the New York Knicks or the Minnesota Timberwolves, you may have been thinking about June 26, 2015 for a while now. Your team’s name is called and a tall young man walks across the stage. He puts on a hat with your team’s logo and he shakes the commissioner’s hand. At first, he’ll represent hope for your favorite franchise, but soon the season will start and he’ll helpRead More
The Final Four gave us a whole lot to remember. No more is Kentucky’s dream of an undefeated season – and arguably the greatest season in NCAA history. Thanks to the Wisconsin Badgers, a scrappy group of guys who did not fear the blue monster, the National Championship game will be a matchup much different than most people expected. While Wisconsin grabbed all the headlines in the Final Four by taking down a Kentucky team that a lot of fans and analysts alike thought to be invincible, the Duke BlueRead More

Posted On March 30, 2015By Ascher RobbinsIn Sports, Sports Takes

Final Four Power Rankings

…And then there were four. From the 16 teams that were still hanging around on Thursday, the final 4 contenders have emerged in Kentucky, Duke, Wisconsin, and Michigan State. In this group we have three iconic programs, and a Wisconsin team that has been excellent for years, even without the prestige of the other three schools. The Final Four promises to be full of big names, star players, star coaches, and plenty of intrigue. So, as we await the Final Four matchups next weekend, let’s look at where our 4Read More

Posted On March 26, 2015By Ascher RobbinsIn Sports, Sports Takes

Sweet Sixteen Power Rankings

Well, in just one week’s time, we’ve narrowed the field of 64 teams down to the final 16 contenders for college basketball’s National Championship. There have been some major surprises (UCLA, NC State) and some very predictable developments (Kentucky dominating). With the field getting trimmed down to four by the end of this weekend, it’s time we rank the remaining teams as to how likely they are to make the Final Four.     #16: West Virginia After holding off a quality Buffalo team in the Round of 64, theRead More
This season, the Western Conference has been as competitive as ever. Every single night a win or a loss could raise or drop you 2 or 3 spots in the standings. The West is hell, and there are eight or nine teams who have a legitimate case to come to represent it in June. The Dallas Mavericks currently sit in 5th place in the West, but are only 2 games out of 2nd and 4 1/2 out of 8th place. 42 games in the season they are 29-13, but they stillRead More

Posted On January 19, 2015By Darryl BrazleyIn Sports, Sports Takes

NBA: Where Shifting Priorities Happens

These are the Nationally Televised Games for the week. All times are Eastern Standard Time. Monday Detroit at Atlanta 2:30PM ESPN “We are shifting priorities to aggressively develop our younger players while also expanding the roles of other players in the current rotation to improve performance and build for our future. As we expand certain roles, others will be reduced. In fairness to Josh, being a highly versatile 10-year veteran in this league, we feel it’s best to give him his freedom to move forward. We have full respect forRead More

Posted On November 13, 2014By Darryl BrazleyIn Sports, Sports Takes

NBA 2014: The Return of Basketball

Basketball used to come at a perfect time for me. Usually, by October, I’m chomping at the bit for basketball to begin. Usually there’s no basketball over the summer, other than Summer League, and by mid-October, my beloved Dallas Cowboys have already shown signs that they are headed to another season of mediocrity. This year was a bit different. The FIBA World Cup, along with an exciting rookie class, kept my attention throughout the summer. Also the Dallas Cowboys started off well, winning 6 of their first 7 games. WhenRead More

Posted On September 11, 2014By Darryl BrazleyIn Sports, Sports Takes

FIBA: Where the B-Squad Happens

Basketball is one of the places where American exceptionalism still rings true. When we put out our best players, we dominate. In the 2014 FIBA world cup, we haven’t had our biggest stars. Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Durant, Lebron James, Kevin Love and Dwight Howard are nowhere to be found. This year we’ve sent out the B-squad. The team this time around is younger, but still star laden, and it shows the future of the league. As the quarterfinals begin, here’s a quick summary of who’s on the roster.Read More

Posted On August 6, 2014By Ascher RobbinsIn Girls, Manzone

#WCW: Skylar Diggins

  -Skylar Diggins- Twitter: @SkyDigg4 Instagram: skydigg4 Known for: Ballin’ out for the WNBA’s Tulsa Shock, and previously for the Notre Dame ladies’ team.   -When I think of WNBA players, the word “sexy” isn’t one that usually comes to mind. Most WNBA players aren’t exactly the type of women that get heterosexual males like myself excited. Skylar Diggins is the exception – a gorgeous guard for the Tulsa Shock, Diggins is a hell of an athlete, and a pretty beautiful lady. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter for sure, butRead More
Free Agency was a busy and shocking one as multiple big names including the best player on the planet signed with new teams. There are still a few big names out there such as Greg Monroe and Eric Bledsoe, so we should see where they go pretty soon. Regardless, there were plenty of winners and losers from this free agency, and this upcoming NBA season should be one of the most interesting ones in a while. Without further ado, here are my winners and losers from this year’s free agencyRead More

Posted On July 19, 2014By Scott MuskaIn Lifestyle, Manzone

Then Vs. Now: An Analysis Of How I Have Changed

I’ve decided to do a social experiment to see how much I have changed in the past decade. I’m 26, so I selected some things that were part of my life at 16 and still are now. Then I analyzed how I view or react to doing them.   Getting a paycheck. 16: This is fucking awesome! $84 for stocking shelves and running a cash register! I knew this job would make me rich! I’m going to treat myself to some books, and then I’m going to give the restRead More
“I’m not having a press conference or a party. After this, it’s time to get to work.” – LeBron James   The best two-way player in the NBA, Lebron James decided to go to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Everyone knows the story. Lebron James, high school prodigy from nearby Akron, Ohio was drafted by the Cavaliers. After 7 moderately successful years (including a few ECF appearances and an NBA finals appearance)  he used his status as a free agent and the best basketball player in the universe to go to the MiamiRead More

Posted On July 5, 2014By Ryan DaughertyIn Sports, Sports Takes

NBA Free Agency 2014

It’s here, it’s finally arrived! One of the most coveted free agencies is finally official as of Tuesday. Essentially, the big prizes of this free agency come from the great 2003 Draft which includes LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, and Dwyane Wade. Some players have already agreed to deals although they can’t be made official until July 10th. Marcin Gortat agreed to a 5 year $60 million deal with Washington and Kyle Lowry agreed to a 4 year $48 million deal with Toronto. Assuming these deals stay in place, that’sRead More