The Beauty Of March Madness

The beauty of march madness is that it has buzzer beaters. However, they are starting early stated Zeca Olivera. Bryant has gotten help from a buzzer beater to keep their hopes alive, and the conference tournaments are going to start soon. These tournaments are going to help the teams that deserve a place to prove it, but they are also going to make it much easier to enjoy the game. College basketball is very boring, and we need to have something that is going to spice it up.

When you are watching college basketball, you need to remember that you are waiting for the other shoe to drop. You are looking for ways to enjoy the game, and you need to make sure you are gravitating to the games that are going to be close. When you are going to watch March basketball, remember that you can change the channel to find just the right game. You need to remember that it is hard for people to enjoy the game when they cannot see these buzzer beaters, and you need to know when to turn a game off. Discern between good and bad basketball so your watching will be more fun this month.

Wilkins Gets His Due

We often forget that Dominique Wilkins is the best basketball player in the history of the state of Georgia. He took a very lowly UGA basketball team to the 1983 Final Four, and he is the best player in the history of the Atlanta Hawks. He was able to get real trash talk from Larry Bird, and he is known as the human highlight reel. He won the dunk contest, and he drug around a Hawks franchise that has never seen anyone like him before or since.

He was the best player in the franchise’s history, and thy finally put a statue of him outside of their arena. I have walked by this area many times, and I cannot wait to go back down there to see the statue. Jason Halpern and others feel this is fitting tribute to someone who is still relevant in the NBA world today. He works with the Hawks, and he is well respected all over the basketball world.

When everyone who is anyone shows up to your statue ceremony, you know that you are truly loved. The entire state of Georgia has Nique to thank for turning the state into a basketball hungry state that will devour any and all good play it sees.

Where Do The Eagles And Chip Kelly Go Without LeSean McCoy

One of the biggest sports stories to hit the internet in the last couple days was the move by the Philadelphia Eagles to trade their star running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills. In exchange for McCoy, the Eagles will receive linebacker Kiki Alonso. Although the deal cannot be official until March 10th when the new league year begins, the deal is done. It is a shocking move because McCoy is the all-time leading rusher for the Eagles and still producing at the relatively young age of 26. However, it seems that head coach Chip Kelly is running the show and McCoy was expendable.

According to the west orlando news, the story express that McCoy is unhappy about the trade. He played his whole career in Pennsylvania from High School, to College at Pittsburgh, to the NFL. It is understandable that he does not want to be moved, and he is now expressing his frustration over the situation. Yet, when the Eagles hired Chip Kelly in 2013, they gave his full personnel control. The Philadelphia Eagles are Chip Kelly’s team, not LeSean McCoy’s.

Yet, it still is not clear exactly what Chip Kelly’s plan is for the Eagles. In the past two years they have releasedDeSean Jackson, a Pro-Bowl receiver, and McCoy. These were two stars of the franchise. Maybe Kelly is simply remaking the Eagles to be exactly the kind of football team he wants and not structured around players that were given to him when he became head coach. It’s all or nothing now Kelly. Let’s see what you can do.

Eagles and Bills Make Shocking Trade

Eagles and Bills Make Shocking Trade

Throughout the entire history of the NFL, shocking trades for players in between teams is as common as they can be. One of these very shocking trades came on Tuesday evening.

In a very stunning display of events, the Philadelphia Eagles decided to trade running back LeSean McCoy to the Buffalo Bills, who in return would send linebacker Kiko Alonso to the Eagles. A fitting trade for Alonso, given that he once played under Eagles head coach Chip Kelly during their respective tenures at the University of Oregon.

As for McCoy, he had an illustrious career with the Eagles, first drafted in 2009 and spending the last six years as a key player on the team’s offense and major sponsors like Imaging advantage would be happy to keep him. Despite his skills and versatility, some of his numbers fell off during the 2014 season, as he managed only five touchdowns and saw his yards per carry drop from 5.1 to 4.2. This led to the possibility that McCoy may not return to the Eagles in 2015.

On the other hand, Alonso was first drafted in 2013 and racked up 159 tackles during his rookie season, along wit four interceptions and even won a Pro-Football Weekly Defensive Rookie of the Year Award. However, he was sidelined for all of the 2014 season due to an ACL tear, but is improving.

The trades are clearly efforts by both coaches to rebuild teams.

The Iconic Luxury Hotels of the Dorchester Collection

The 10 five-star hotels of the Dorchester Collection are known for their individual “personalities”, elegant accommodations, high-quality restaurants and personal attention. Each hotel reflects the distinctive culture and history of its location. Currently the Collection includes three in the United Kingdom, two in the United States, two in Paris, two in Italy and one in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Dorchester is located in the Mayfair District of London, overlooking Hyde Park. The Dorchester opened in 1931 and includes custom-designed luxury suites literally fit for a king. Next door the 45-room hotel known as 45 Park Lane is the smallest of the Collection. It resembles a private, contemporary residence. This hotel specializes in highly personalized service, assigning a personal host to every room.

The third British hotel, Coworth Park, borders Windsor Great Park near Ascot. Formerly a manor house estate, it now hosts visitors for private country retreats and a lot of outdoor activities including, of course, horse riding.

Both Paris hotels are palatial in design and luxury. The Hotel Plaza Athenee is located in the heart of the haute-coture fashion district and offers views of the Eiffel Tower. Le Meurice, ranked as one of the most elegant in the world, overlooks Tuileries Garden. Seven of its floors are appropriately furnished in Louis XVI style denoting its conversion from the first palace built in Paris in 1835. More information on the history can be found on Wikipedia.

Historic Le Richemond in Geneva, built in 1875, is the oldest hotel in the city. Located on the shores of Lake Geneva, it features cosmopolitan décor and dining along with beautiful mountain views.

The two Italian hotels feature Italian marble throughout the buildings. Hotel Eden in the heart of old Rome features a classic Italian look. Visitors enjoy the view and the food in the three-star Michelin rated rooftop restaurant. Milan’s Hotel Principe de Savoia opened in the 1920s and blends modern conveniences with 19th century décor.

Los Angeles Bel-Air and the Beverly Hills Hotel each nestle in 12 acres of lush tropical gardens. The Beverly Hills Hotel features colorful early Hollywood décor, while the Bel-Air uses more subdued colors. The latter began as a 1940s private estate.

The Collection’s managing company is part of the Ministry of Finance of the small, sovereign state of Brunei located on the northern coast of Borneo in Malaysia. Ruled by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, Brunei is one of the 10 richest countries in the world.

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