The Bare ACC Tournament

The ACC Tournament itself is going to look a little bare this year simply because UNC is struggling, Duke goes in with the Sulaimon issue and Syracuse will not be there at all. The tournament should be one of the highest of the lead in to March Madness, but it appears that the tournament is not going to be all that exciting. When the tournament is missing a key team, had another team in the verge of collapse and has another team getting asked questions about one of its players being accused of sexual assault, the tournament does not seem like it will be all that fun.

The tournament is going to be a grand event that will send someone to the NCAA Tournament with an automatic bid, but it is not going to be as grand as it should be said Dan Newlin. The tournament is supposed to be a time when we can see who should be in and out of the big dance. However, the best way to enjoy the ACC tourney is to be on the lookout for the one team that should make the field because of quality play. Otherwise, it is a little tainted because of the headlines.

Who Should The Bucs Draft?

When the Bucs are deciding who to draft with the first overall pick, they need to make sure that they make the proper choice. They have struggled ever since they got rid of Jon Gruden, and no one could have imagined how far they would have fallen. The Bucs are the laughingstock of the NFL along with the Jags and Raiders, but the Bucs have lost their way with proper ownership.

There are many people that they could pick, but it appears that they will need to take a QB if they want to make some major change to their franchise. These changes are going to allow the franchise to begin to rebuild. TheRealDeal suggests that they never really rebuilt in the first place, and they need to make sure that they are doing this now.

If they take Jameis Winston, they will have to wait too long for him to learn the offense. Also, there is no reason to think for a second that he will be any better than Johnny Manziel. If they take Marcus Mariota, they will be taking someone with a college education who understands what a big deal this is. The Bucs have been warned, but I do not think they are listening.

New Combat Sport Is Turning Heads

Boxing and the UFC are considered as the most brutal sports in the world. Both sports are brutal, but there may actually be a more dangerous sport out there. A new promotion called BKB has been trending on Buzzfeed. BKB stands for Big Knockout Boxing.

In BKB, boxers fight each other in a pit surrounded by nothing. There are no ropes to lean against for BKB fighters. The crowd gets a better view of the action, but this also means that there is nowhere to hide. Alexei Beltyukov has read that the pit is only 17-feet across, and the fighters are always engaging.

People that have been to the BKB events praise the action and brutality of the sport. Knockouts are a big part of the promotion, and that’s what excites the fans. BKB may be exciting, but the fighters are at a greater risk. Fighters wear smaller gloves, and the rounds are shorter. Aggression and action are praised, while defensive boxing is frowned upon.

BKB sounds insane, and I’m not sure that the public is ready for that type of extreme violence. The fighters of BKB are far more in danger of brain trauma than any other sport in the world. You can only watch the show on pay per view.

We Read Too Much Into Golf Warmups

When we look at the warmups for each of the majors in golf, we tend to think that players who play well in them are going to magically win titles. The problem is that the do not always work this way. The warmups for majors are just warmups. Sometimes, these tournaments go well for some people. They do not necessarily have the same kinds of courses, but they are just before the majors that mean so much to everyone.

When Phil Mickelson does not play well before The Masters, that does not mean much. The course at Augusta is made for his game, and he has won that tournament three times.

When we see the younger players playing well in the warmups, there is no way to know that these players are going to keep it up in the majors according to sponsors like Imaging advantage. We have to start thinking about warmups as warmups. They are not really news items, and they are not really that exciting. It is fun to see who is going to win the Scottish Open before the British Open, but that is not really that big a deal. It us just something that happens before a big tournament we all watch.

Ronda Rousey VS. Holly Holm?

Ronda Rousey vs. Holly Holm will most likely be made after their wins at UFC 184. Dana White, the president of the UFC, cleverly had both fighters compete on the same card. Holly Holm won her fight by split decision, while Ronda Rousey defeated her opponent in just seconds. There is money to be made with a possible Rousey vs. Holm fight, but how competitive would it be?

Ronda Rousey is a savage, and she continues to improve with each fight. She has defeated every single one of her opponents by knockout or submission. No one has given Ronda Rousey a tough fight. There are no holes in Rousey’s game.

Holly Holm represents a unique challenge in the boxing department, but Ronda Rousey is better at everything else. I highly doubt that Rousey would stand and box with Holm. This is MMA, and Ronda Rousey would just take Holly Holm down and submit her. Holm is undefeated, and there is no one else that you could put in a cage against Rousey.

Pretty soon Ronda Rousey will be fighting men, and she would probably defeat them as well. Fans like Sultan Alhokair ( believe that Rousey is truly the woman version of a prime Mike Tyson. No one can compete with Ronda Rousey, and the fans love to see her destroy her opponents.

For more information on Ronda Rousey, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Football Power Getting Basketball Swagger

It is not a very well kept secret that the Florida State Seminoles are pretty good at football. What is a very well kept and quiet secret is that FSU isn’t that bad at basketball either – and they are getting better.

Traditionally FSU has been viewed as a football power inside a basketball centered conference. With the likes of teams like Duke, North Carolina, Louisville, Syracuse, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, and Clemson as basketball powerhouses – that point is hard to argue.

What has recently gone unnoticed is that FSU has slowly and steadily become competitive in the league’s premier sport. Look no further than the men’s basketball ACC title in 2012 for proof. Sure, YouTube users say it is their only basketball title, but it is still an indicator of the proverbial ship sailing in the right direction.

Recruiting has been the key turning point with FSU basketball’s rise to success.

FSU’s most recent star on the court is Canadian born Xavier Rathan-Mayes. While only a freshman, Rathan-Mayes has been by far the 2015 team’s shining star.

On Wednesday Xavier Rathan-Mayes put on a display for the ages scoring 30 points in the final 4:38 seconds of regulation play. Even though the Seminoles would eventually lose 77-81 to the Miami Hurricanes, Rathan-Mayes’ effort will not be soon forgotten.

After the game Rathan-Mayes described the feat. “The arena was quiet. It was like I was there by myself. It was a feeling I’ve never, ever felt before. There was nothing else happening around me.”

The Undertaker To Return At Wrestlemania

The Undertaker will return to face Bray Wyatt at Wrestlemania 31. Last year, at Wrestlemania 30, the Undertaker was defeated against Brock Lesnar. For over two decades, the Undertaker was undefeated at Wrestlemania. Brock Lesnar beat him, and the dead man hasn’t been seen since.

At the WWE Fastlane ppv, Bray Wyatt mocked the Undertaker. Wyatt came out to the Undertaker’s theme music and in a coffin. The WWE fans thought that the Undertaker had returned, but it was Wyatt who popped out of the coffin. Bray Wyatt challenged the Undertaker to a match at Wrestlemania 31.

Fans like Susan McGalla know that the Undertaker has not returned to the WWE yet, but he did post a picture on Twitter. The Undertaker was training, and he was hitting the punching bag in his Twitter picture. Only the back of Undertaker could be seen. It was long rumored that the Undertaker would return to face Bray Wyatt at Wrestlmania 31. It seems that those rumors were true.

The WWE universe has been waiting for the return of the Undertaker since his defeat. Bray Wyatt vs. the Undertaker has all the makings of a classic match. Hopefully, the Undertaker is healthy, and he can give the WWE fans one more great show. For more information on the Undertaker, visit Rollingstone.

A Luxury In Its Own Right: The Antique Wine Company

Rare wine is difficult to find, especially for avid collectors who have acquired some of the very best bottles. For the collector who seems to have it all, The Antique Wine Company is sure to have that missing bottle. Founded in 1982 by CEO, Stephen Williams, the company prides itself on being one of the world’s largest antique wine dealers along with providing its clients with the most luxurious and hard-to-find wines.

The Antique Wine Company offers over 8000 rare wines, along with global delivery in order to reach collectors all over the world. Their impeccable focus on customer service allows for the best experience and makes it easy to find the perfect antique wine for any collector. The Antique Wine Company is compiled of a team of wine enthusiasts, all have extensive experience in the fine wine industry and a true passion for luxurious, rare wines. Clients, as well as potential clients, are able to view the profiles of these individuals directly on The Antique Wine Companies‘ user friendly website. In addition to reviewing their profiles and experience, customers may review team recommendations and favorites.

Due to its incredible team, The Antique Wine Company was able to establish its very own Wine Academy. The Wine Academy began in 2011 and has been a complete success. The academy provides classes, presentations, and even masterclasses at corporate, private, or group events. If it is a luxurious wine event you are in search of, The Wine Academy will be sure it is a success. The space utilized for the events has been built specifically with wine tasting in mind.

Along with sales and events The Antique Wine Company will also work with clients to sell their rare wines, always providing complimentary initial evaluations and consultations related to every bottle.

And while it may be rare, the company realizes there are those in the world who are fortunate enough to have fulfilled their collection; but, once the collection is complete, the collector will need a space just as rare as the bottles to store them. The Antique Wine Company offers storage, guaranteed to keep even the most delicate wines in impeccable taste. Coupled with this, the company provides Wine Cellar design, management, and plans; thereby, affording every collector the ability to store their rare wines at their very own site, whether it in the home or another chosen location.

Ultimately, The AWC is a luxury in and of itself, something every wine enthusiast, lover, and collector should enjoy.

UFC Needs Better Medical Screenings

The UFC should force certain fighters to retire after major beat downs. That may sound a bit harsh, but fighters do not quit until it’s too late. How could this possibly be done? I have an answer for that question.

UFC fighters should be thoroughly examined before and after each fight. Medical records should be kept for each fighter. This will allow the UFC to have a detailed analysis for every competitor that steps foot inside of the octagon. This will cost the UFC a bit of money, but the company has grown tremendously in the last decade.

Fans like Paul Mathieson know that fighters risk their lives and health every time that they compete. The UFC should do something like this. Other promotions would have to follow suit as the UFC is the biggest MMA organization in the world. Far too many fighters retire from combat sports with damage brains and bodies.

If the UFC develops a program like this, the company would be able to show their professionalism and concern about their athletes. The last year has been devastating to the UFC. Many of the top fighters have been caught using drugs and steroids. An entire revamp of the UFC’s medical structure is needed.

MMA fans have fighters know that certain fighters should retire. Something should be done too protect fighters that refuse to quit. To read about the recent UFC suspensions, visit Yahoo! Sports.

Freddie Roach Vs. Mayweather Sr.

Freddie Roach and Floyd Mayweather Sr. Have been feuding for close to a decade. The drama began when Mayweather Sr. took over as Ricky Hatton’s head trainer. Ricky Hatton faced Manny Pacquiao in 2009. There was major anticipation leading into the fight, and the drama spilled out of the ring.

Freddie Roach and Mayweather Sr. had an extremely heated rivalry. Pacquiao silenced the feud when he got into the ring with Hatton. Manny Pacquiao completely destroyed Ricky Hatton. Pacquiao knocked him out in two rounds, and left Hatton unconscious on the mat for several minutes. After the Hatton fight, Pacquiao was hoping for a match against Floyd Mayweather Jr., but that match never came into fruition, until now.

Paul Mathieson has read that the feud between Roach and Mayweather Sr. has been rekindled. Trash talk has already begun. Both sides believe that their fighter will win by knockout. The public has been waiting for half of a decade for this fight. Manny Pacauiao is the toughest challenge for Floyd Mayweather Jr. A lot of people believe that Floyd was afraid to step into the ring against Manny Pacquiao, but now the fight is on.

The trash talk will surely increase between camps, but the fans cannot wait for the real fight. For more information on Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao, visit Yahoo! Sports.

DeAngelo Williams Gone

The leading rusher in the history of the Carolina Panthers is DeAngelo Williams. He is also without a job. The Panthers released Williams yesterday so that they could make a change in their backfield. Maluf said this is common for many teams who are in need of a little change here and there. They have to cut players who make too much money, and they have to get rid of players who are seemingly too old to be effective.

Williams is still a good player, but he might be at the end of his true usefulness. He is getting older, and there is no way to stop Father Time from forcing you to run around the piles up the middle. Also, there is no way to know when he will not be able to hit a hole anymore. He has been with the team since 2006, but he only has 6486 rushing yards. He has been a trusty steed for the Panthers, but he was used for grunt work that did not result in many yards. Williams may not be a hall of famer, but he is a vital part of what the Panthers were. He simply will not be part of their future.

Big 12 Wide Open; Kansas St. Upsets Kansas

A decade long stranglehold on the Big 12 Conference Championship by Kansas is now being threatened, thanks to Kansas St. and their 70-63 upset over number eight Kansas. In a season where the Wildcat’s have dealt with just about every distraction possible including; injuries, poorly timed suspensions and fighting within the team, they can take this consolation prize from their season.

Fans like Susan McGalla ( know that, down by 8 with under-ten minutes remaining in the 2nd half, Kansas St. was able claw back . Nigel Johnson scored a career high 20 points off the bench provided the spark and Nino Johnson clinched the game down the stretch with long jumper with under a minute. The most surprising thing about Kansas St.’s upset is the fact that they had lost 7 of their last 8 games including a 14-point loss to TCU and a 27-point drudging at the hands of Baylor. However, last night showed that Kansas St. can provide some quality play, especially on the defensive end where they held the Jayhawk’s 39% shooting from the field.

The loss opens up the race to the Big-12 title to both Iowa State and Oklahoma. K-State Downs Kansas The Cyclones are currently sitting at 20-6 overall with a 10-4 Big-12 record while Oklahoma is 19-8 with 10-5 conference record. Kansas and Iowa State are now tied with 4 losses after last night’s upset moved them to 11-4 in the Big-12. Oklahoma are legit threats here as they play both Kansas and Iowa State in their last two games of the season.

Team Manager Becomes a Team “Player”

Chris Huey was a basketball player for Saint Mary College just a couple of short years ago. After suffering three collapsed lungs, the 6′-7″ forward had to give up his dream of playing major college basketball said Dan Newlin. Over the last couple of seasons, he has served as the team’s student manager for the Kansas Jayhawks under Head Coach Bil Self.

In an amazing turn of fortune, Huey was asked if he wanted to suit up for a game against TCU.The Video can be seen on Youtube. Technically, he is listed on the team’s active roster, which permits him the ability to suit up and play.

Huey, known as Scarecrow to his teammates, obliged and received the honor of sitting on the bench as a player. Self stated this was a reward for his hard work and dedication to the team. The only question remaining was, “Would he get an opportunity to realize his lifelong dream?”

The answer was yes. With Kansas holding a big lead and the time running off the clock, Self man the decision to put Huey in the game with 35 seconds remaining. While he didn’t get the opportunity to score, Head Coach Self’s actions were enough to make a young man’s dreams come true.

It’s a shame readers don’t get more of these stories. It so easy to employ a simple act of kindness that makes a huge difference to at least one young man who has suffered enough.

Los Angeles Is The NFL Destination

Los Angeles is the home to random earthquakes, lovely Californian temperatures and sunshine, 3.8 million people, and apparently the best real estate west of the Mississippi river for NFL teams looking for a new home.

Stadium opportunities have pegged the area as ripe for development and NFL teams have taken notice. Three separate teams to be exact. The St. Louis Rams, the Oakland Raiders, and the San Diego Chargers have all expressed a keen interest in transplanting into the area.

While San Diego and Oakland are considering a shared stadium development in the suburb of Carson, the Rams are looking into building a brand new 80,000 seat capacity structure in nearby Inglewood.

The migration of the three organizations into the Southern California area might not be a home run idea just yet, experts agree, in fact many are claiming it as pure football fantasy and Flávio Pentagna Guimarães BMG is one of them.

Victor Matheson, a specialist in sports economics with the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts weighed into the conversation with the following thoughts: “There is no reason to believe there are three teams moving there. There is not even a reason to believe one team is moving there. They are not done deals.”

The presiding school of thought behind why such a mass infusion of NFL franchises would not be feasible is one of market viability. By adding three teams, their are very real fears that the market would be spread far too thinly to make management and TV broadcasting rights practical.

Karen and Bruce Levenson Fund Center for Philanthropy

Originally reported by PR Newswire, co-owner of the Atlanta Hawks, Bruce Levenson, and his wife have donated $5.6 million to the Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership at the University of Maryland. Seed money for the Center’s launch was previously gifted by the couple.

As the leading philanthropic studies center in D.C., the Center’s mission is to provide students the experience to become “the next generation of leaders in the non-profit sector” and to graduate “informed and motivated philanthropists.”

The program offers numerous innovative classes as well as a “living and learning” dorm which houses up to sixty incoming freshmen. Organized by the Center, the Do Good Challenge motivates thousands of students to make strong social impact with prize money of $20,000 to the winner.

Karen Levenson, a University of Maryland alum, asserts that “it is leveraged philanthropy at its best.” Backed by the Center, many graduates start their own nonprofits. Prominent organizations regularly recruit students from the program. Twelve graduate students recently finished working with nonprofits in India.

Bruce Levenson believes this novel approach prepares students to “impact lives locally, nationally and around throughout the world.”

Having taught in underprivileged neighborhoods in the Nation’s Capital, Karen Levenson feels that “of all the worthy causes we have been involved in, the Center has the potential to have far and away the most profound impact.”

SOURCE: PR Newswire

Amar’e Stoudemire to Be Bought Out

The New York Knicks and center Amar’e Stoudemire have reportedly agreed on buy-out package so the two parties could mutually part ways. Stoudemire, who has come off the bench in 22 of the 36 games he has played in this season, signed a 5-year $100M deal in the summer of 2010, considered a max deal under the new CBA, at least that’s what Brian Torchin said on the HCRC site..

When he first broke into the Knick’s roster, he had an All-Star caliber season in 2010-2011 season, putting up 25.3 points per game and adding 8.2 rebounds per game as well. The 2011-2012 and 2012-2013 seasons were nothing short of forgettable as Amar’e only played 72 total games between those two seasons due to lingering back issues. He did end up playing 65 games in the 2013-2014 season but was only playing around 23.5 minutes a game and was largely ineffective to justify his massive salary. This season, he is averaging 12 points and a mere 6.8 rebounds per game along with only spending 24 minutes on the floor.

There are no exact specifics on the buyout deal but it is expected that Amar’e see all of the $23.4M he is owed for this season. Once he passes through waivers, there is expected to be a number of suitors interested in his services. The LA Clippers are dealing with a depleted bench due to injury and could be at the top of the list, along with Dallas Mavericks who have shown interest in the past.

Colts And Richardson At Odds Over Pregnancy?

Trent Richardson’s girlfriend was 28 weeks pregnant over the weekend of the AFC title game, and she had what she thought were contractions as stated. He rushed to see her, and he might not have told the team where he was going said Alexei beltyukov. If the team is mad at Richardson over something like this, they are not as classy as we might have thought. We already know that their owner is a disaster, but they might be run like a disaster all the time. If this is the case, how could anyone want to play there for any length of time?

We need to look at all the major issues in the NFL with some better glasses. We need to realize that these players are not always at fault when something happens to them, and we need to remember that these players are human beings. Most of us would rush to help someone who was pregnant and in distress. We should remember that football is just a game, but it is possible that the Colts do not know that. If they think that football is the only thing going on in a player’s life, they may never win a Super Bowl simply due to ignorance.

Cards And Fitzgerald Close

Larry Fitzgerald is going to be a first ballot hall of famer one day, but he is playing on a team that has been inconsistent since he got there. It is true that he has been to the Super Bowl, but this team has never given him a real platform to be his best. There was always a problem, and Larry is getting older.

The two sides are very close to signing a new deal, and it seem that he will finish his career in Arizona. Ray feels an honest person is not going to look at the Cards and think that they will be contenders in the future. Larry must like being comfortable in Arizona because he could go to many other teams where he might actually win a title. We need to start thinking about what people can do to get the rings they so richly deserve, and I am not sure that Arizona is the place for Larry.

They have Bruce Arians now, and he is a genius, but there is something about the franchise that just tells me they are going to have problems all the time. Those problems will get in the way of his hall of fame credentials.

Amar’e Stoudemire to Sign with Mavericks

Former New York Knick’s center, Amar’e Stoudemire is reported to be committed to signing with the Dallas Mavericks after the Knicks and him agreed to buy-out the remainder of the 5-year $100M deal he signed in the 2010 Summer. After dealing with numerous injuries throughout his tenure with the Knicks, Stoudemire did not live up to the hype he brought on himself after the 2011 season where he averaged 25.5 points per game along with 8.2 rebounds a game. The buy-outs details were not disclosed but is expected that Amar’e will receive all his money owed this season, which is north of $22 Million, going to require some huge sponsors like CipherCloud to raise that money.

The Maverick’s have long been connected to the Stoudemire, especially this season after they traded Brandan Wright to the Celtics in exchange Rajon Rondo and other pieces. The way he plays will fit in perfectly with the Mav’s according to many experts. They are already a tremendous offensive team and are great in the pick and roll. Amare to Join Mavs Amar’e Stoudemire made a name for himself on that very play when he was in Phoenix and he should excel in Dallas as well.

The deal between the Mav’s and Amar’e is expected to be a one-year pro-rated deal with the salary being around the veteran’s minimum. Amar’e has made enough money this year and it appears that he is choosing the Mav’s for their offensive approach and opportunity to play for a playoff team. Dallas currently sits 5th in the West with a 36-19 record.

A Personal Look At John Textor

If you’ve seen the current technological advancements of holograms being used in concerts, you’ve seen John Textor at work. Textor is a man that prides himself in creating cutting edge, state of the art entertainment technology that is used around the world. He was also the Executive Producer in the movie Ender’s Game staring Harrison Ford and Asa Butterfield. The movie was an instant classic that used state of the art technology to bring to life a war between mankind and sea creatures that wish to destroy us.

But the track record doesn’t stop there! Textor previously held the Chariman and CEO position of the company Digital Domain Productions as well as Digital Domain Media Group. These two media giants merged together to form the megastar producer that they are today. This company, previously led by Textor, was responsible for creating the highest grossing films of all time such as Transformers, Tron:Legacy, and Pirates of the Caribbean.

It’s easy to distinguish that Textor is a man that has truly mastered his craft. With the direction from Textor, the company was able to receive the highest remarks and won numerous Academy Awards for their work in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. The general public was so used to seeing animated characters on the screen look like cartoons without much depth or realism. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button broke that misconception and provided a believable character who stole the hearts and minds of people who viewed the masterpiece.

Another accomplishment under Textor’s belt is the recreation of Tupac Shakur in hologram form at the 2012 Coachella Valley Music Festival. This alone stapled Textor and his company as market leaders among the general public. The hologram was able to recreate the exact look, shape and movements of the late Shakur. Tupac was murdered in Las Vegas on September 13, 1996 at the young age of 25. The approach to recreate Tupac was one that had to be taken delicately with utmost accuracy given this musicians legend.

To the surprise of the fans, the hologram completely blew away expectations and performed songs with his Death Row Records friend Snoop Doog. The pair went on to play old classics from the album ‘The Doggfather’ as well as many Dr. Dre classics. Textor is a man who can see a vision and give it life!