Later today, Major League Baseball will announce their newest members of the Hall of Fame. Year after year, much is made of who is selected for this honor and even more is made about the guys who are not.
Only the writers who have been members of the Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) for 10 years or more get the opportunity to vote. Many different writers who have followed the game throughout different eras ensure quite a few differences of opinions.
For a player to be voted in, they must receive at least 75 percent of the votes. Players are allowed 15 years on the ballot unless they get below five percent of votes in which they are immediately removed from all future ballots.
Each writer can vote for a maximum of 10 players but do not have a minimum requirement. You would figure if each writer can pick 10 guys, there would be plenty of players getting voted in right? Well that is far from the case. Read the rest of this entry
Entering week 16, the Denver Broncos were in a precarious position. After consecutive losses in games they had full control of in the first 30 minutes of action, they now looked like a team struggling for their playoff lives. A third straight loss would put them in a tie for the AFC West with the NFL’s hottest team, the Kansas City Chiefs as well a tie with the New York Jets and Pittsburgh Steelers for the Wild Cards.
In a must-win situation against one of the AFC’s elite (also depending on a backup quarterback down the stretch) the Broncos pulled out arguably their biggest victory of the season last week over the Cincinnati Bengals and now currently sit in position to receive a first round bye in the playoffs.
The Broncos have been able to win for most of the season behind the NFL’s top defense and in spite of their quarterback play.
All season there have been question marks surrounding how much five-time MVP Peyton Manning has left in the tank. After an embarrassing performance at home against the Chiefs in week 10 in which he completed just 5-20 passes and threw four interceptions, enough was enough. Read the rest of this entry
For the first time in four years, four teams in the Southeast Division made the playoffs. The Miami Heat once again were the class of the Eastern Conference as they appeared in their fourth consecutive NBA Finals in a losing effort. But for the Heat, an even bigger loss occurred in the offseason.
LeBron James chose to leave South Beach for Cleveland and as a result this division as well as the Eastern Conference is up for grabs. The Heat did manage to recover with a few roster moves but moving forward their success depends on the duo of Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade.
The Washington Wizards are viewed by many now as the best team in the division thanks to Read the rest of this entry
When talking about the Eastern Conference everything begins and ends with the Central Division. For the last two seasons the Indiana Pacers have sat atop this division and remained as the only real competition to the Miami Heat. But things will look a bit different this season.
The Pacers will be without Paul George for the entire season because of a broken leg he suffered in a team USA scrimmage this summer. The Chicago Bulls, the only team who has been close to being competitive to the Pacers in the Central finally get a healthy Derrick Rose as well as a new arsenal of front court players. And then there are the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Cavs continued their run of being the luckiest team in the NBA (three first picks in four years) by Read the rest of this entry
With the NBA regular just weeks away, it’s time to start putting things in perspective. The last time we saw NBA basketball being played, the San Antonio Spurs were putting on a basketball clinic in route to a championship.
This offseason featured a long list of groundbreaking moves both on the court and within organizations. As a result the Eastern Conference is set to be stronger than we have seen for some time now.
Last season, the expectation was for the New York vs Brooklyn rivalry to dominate the standings in the Atlantic division but that didn’t happen. The Toronto Raptors emerged Read the rest of this entry