Author: Cole Nevins

The Biggest Winner of the 2019 NBA Playoffs

View this post on Instagram One of – if not the biggest – topics of the current NBA postseason have been about the current best player in the world, and overall legacies. . . . While it is a fun debate, it’s completely fueled by “recency bias”, which explains the constant shuffling, and lack of consistency in consensus opinion. . . . So I want to look at the bigger picture today, and not focus on my perception of the last few games. I think if anyone rose to the top in terms of best player, or legacy – it’s LeBron. . . . Now after seeing the “worst” version of the Warriors super-squad sweep their past five games without KD; it truly proves how amazing this team is, and how it’s an outlier in history – something we can’t hold AGAINST LeBron too much. . . . Key word “against”, since boy did this Warriors run without Durant help in LeBron’s legacy favor. . . . Despite not being in the playoffs, LeBron still stands as the only man to lead a team to take down this giant in the Finals. Give all the excuses you want, but HE was the heart and soul of that Cavs team. You can’t put having some help from teammates against him. That’s complete BS. . . . Outside of the Warriors,...

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Final Predictions for Where Haskins, Murray and Jones End Up

View this post on Instagram While I am not doing a full mock draft for this class, I do have strong opinions, and predictions, concerning the landing spots for the consensus top three QB’s in this class; Dwayne Haskins of Ohio State, Kyler Murray of Oklahoma and Daniel Jones of Duke. Let’s start from the top with Murray. I think he’s not only a lock for No. 1 to Arizona, but I also believe it’s in the best interest of Coach Kingsbury and Arizona for two reasons. First, the football aspect. While I think Rosen is a BETTER QB than Murray, I think Murray is just too perfect for Kliff’s unorthodox system, that happens to be similar to the system Kyler successfully ran at Oklahoma. You guys KNOW how much I love Rosen. I think he’s going to be a STAR in this league. I’m not saying Rosen would not work in it, because he would. It’s just that Kyler would fit it much better, and allow Kliff to be more creative. Secondly, the psychological aspect. I think sticking with Rosen would create an awkward situation. It’s clear by his words that Kliff is not committed to Rosen at all (which is why I’m convinced Murray is the pick) and he’d be more comfortable with the QB of his choice, rather than an inherited one. I see no issue...

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What is Wrong with Manchester United and What is Next?

  View this post on Instagram   With a chance to put themselves in great position for fourth place in the Premier League – which would clinch them a spot back in Champions League – after Tottenham lost yesterday; classic Manchester United crapped the bed this morning, losing 4-0 to Everton in a disgraceful showing. After the horrific loss, in addition to many other inexcusable losses in their recent stretch of six losses in their past eight games – it may be safe to count the Reds out from a Champions League return; the main goal. But more importantly, what’s gone wrong? Wasn’t this team on top of the football world just a couple of months ago after a red-hot start under new manager Ole Gunnar Solskjær? The answer is yes, and this team has absolutely fallen off a cliff. Here’s my opinion on it as a United supporter: First of all, let’s recognize the elephant in the room; this team looks dead as nails. I don’t know what the reason is, but this team isn’t playing with half of the passion and freedom they played with on their amazing stretch. That’s a massive problem, especially in such a grueling stretch of must-win matches. Secondly, the other main culprit; the entire backline INCLUDING goalkeeper David de Gea. Starting with the defenders, us fans have no words. There’s no excuse...

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My Thoughts on the V. A. R. Debate; Is it Ruining Football? Or is Getting the Call Right Always More Important?

View this post on Instagram After yesterday’s gut-wrenching Manchester City v Tottenham Champions League knockout match ended in a disallowed goal due to V. A. R., it only added fuel to the fire into the debate over the technology’s increasing use in football / soccer. . . . For context, “VAR” stands for Video Assistant Refereeing. In simpler terms for my non-football / soccer followers; it’s common replay review of controversial plays, like what we have in the four major sports. . . . There are two sides to this debate. The first are the traditionalist fans, who believe VAR is silly, considering the long amount of time wasted to review the play, and the core value that football is special since the clock never stops, and refs must be able to make judgement calls – so “let’s not change that”. Additionally, this side includes the salty-fans who have lost big matches due to replay review. . . . Meanwhile, the other side are practical fans, who realize that getting the call right – no matter the time it takes – is first priority. It’s also the guilty fans who have won because of VAR (such as myself as a Man United fan????). . . . Personally, I have a clear standing in this debate, and that’s to get the call right. YES, it totally sucks to have a...

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My Reaction to Your Opinions on Colin Kaepernick

View this post on Instagram Yesterday I posted four opinionated polls concerning Colin Kaepernick just to see your opinions. After seeing your responses, I thought I would make a post with my opinions so let’s get into it. 1.) According to 57% of you, you would NOT feel bad if Kaep never played again in the NFL and I agree. To put it simply, it has NOTHING to do with politics. It’s just that he made the decision to sabotage his career and he should – and probably did – know the potential effect on his career it would have. Additionally, he’s made more money from this whole timespan than he would playing so that certainly factors in. . . . 2.) According to 40% of you, you’d rather use a no-name QB than Kaep in a current playoff push and I agree. Again, nothing politics related. It’s for two reasons; one being the distraction he’d bring to this franchise focused on winning, and two, he’s been out of football for so long that I’d rather trust my backup who knows the offense. Give Kaep a full off-season and it’s a different story. . . . 3.) According to 75% of you, Colin should have take the 250K offer to play and prove himself in the AAF and I agree. What better way to prove you still have it...

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