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Aug
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New York Giants big plans for Evan Engram

Even Engram - New York Giants

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The New York Giants practiced in shoulder pads for the first time during training camp on Tuesday.   Pundits are pushing Ben McAdoo up the ladder as he prepares for a winning season.  The already fairly smooth offense has been bolstered with two credible full backs in Jacob Huesman and Shane Smith.   Huesman was formerly a quarterback turned fullback which could make for some interesting red zone reps down the stretch. 

Eli Peyton and Brandon Marshall are continuing to congeal as they are far from perfecting a synergistic situation, but could clearly have just that by mid-season. 

Mon
31
Jul
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Jon Jones re-captures the Light Heavyweight Championship

Jon Jones

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Saturday night was an exciting evening for combat sports fans.  UFC 214 featured a rematch of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier which was a competitive bout until the third round when jones went high with a round kick to the head of Cormier that disoriented the light heavyweight champion.  Jones then went in hard with a flying knee attempt as the champion went down to the canvas where the new light heavyweight champion began to ground and pound and in seconds it was clear Cormier could not respond.  Big John McCarthy called the fight after no response to the barrage of punches coming down on him from John Jones. 

The former champion responded kindly, on Sunday sending both referee John McCarthy and Jones Jones messages of thanks and apology.   

Thu
27
Jul
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Jones vs Cormier UFC 214

Jones vs. Cormier

Scribe: N. Tru Bass

Email: ntb@thethinkering.com

 

If you are a fan of combat sports, this is the quarter for you. With the anticipated battle of Boxing vs. MMA in the Mayweather vs. Conner bout scheduled for 26 August and the entrée. The appetizer has to be the the Cormier vs Jones battle that has been put off more than twice, but scheduled again on Saturday.

Cormier said in a recent interview, “This is the biggest fight,” he continued. “If you’re a sports fan, a fan of combat, you’ve got Jon and I and you’ve got Floyd [Mayweather] and Conor [McGregor] and then you’ve got [Gennady] Golovkin and Canelo [Alvarez]. How could it be better?

Mon
24
Jul
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Cav's making changes in Face of Success

cavs

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

This has been an interesting off season for the National Basketball Association.   In the latest player salvo, with talks of Kyrie Irving leaving the second best team in the league LeBron James has stated the he will not waive his no-trade clause for any teams for the upcoming season.  Basically saying that he is committed to the team until next years $ 35.6 million player option for the 2018-2019 season. 

The only three players who now have no-trade clauses are Carmelo Anthony, Dirk Nowitzki and LeBron James.  These players all could elect to challenge unrestricted free agency before next season. 

Thu
20
Jul
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Joshua visits Mayweather's Gym in Las Vegas ahead of the legends 26 August Date

Anthony Joshua

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

British Heavyweight Boxing Champion Anthony Joshua drops by boxing legend Floyd Mayweather’s Boxing Gym in Las Vegas, Nevada on Wednesday as he makes an attempt to get on the Mayweather vs Conner undercard. 

The boxer met with another heavyweight boxer Marcellus Williams while hanging out in Vegas.  He too pictures with fans and talked boxing.   The two champions met back in May when Joshua began to jockey for position on the 26 August undercard saying, “get me on the undercard! and continued, That’s legendary shit, that fight will go (down) in history.”

The fight is scheduled to be held at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Mayweather’s adopted hometown.   

Wed
12
Jul
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The Freeze Falls short at the All-Star Game

The Freeze

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Major League Baseball held it annual All Star Game on Tuesday, but the game is not the story.  The Atlanta Braves racing phenomenon, “The Freeze” is a super athletic character that gives a chosen fan a huge head start and races him down and always beats him to the finish line to further entertain the rest of the Crowd. 

Until last night. 

“The Freeze” could not catch the fleet footed fan. 

On interesting writer suggested whomever beats The Freeze should have to race him in a head to head race.   And if he is again successful he should get the privilege and responsibility of the suit. 

Its impressive to see this guy run down very fast running fans, but I have to admit it was equally fun to see The Atlanta Braves, The Freeze lose one. 

What do you think?  

 

 

The Freeze in Better Times

 

Mon
10
Jul
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Mayweather asking IRS for special consideration on Tax Bill

Floyd Mayweather

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Rumors of Boxer Floyd Mayweather signing on to the Connor McGregor fight for financial reasons have bounced around the news room for months. 

According to recent reports the boxer filed a Tax Court petition on 5 July asking the IRS to allow him special circumstance to pay the tax bill after the upcoming mega fight with the UFC standout.   Weeks ago it was announced that Mayweather and McGregor had made a financial agreement and locked a date of 26 August for the super event. 

It is not known how much Mayweather owes the feds, but the IRS is saying even if Mayweather had to sell property or take out a loan he has the resources to pay now. 

In 2015 the welterweight boxer made around $220 million from his most profitable bout versus Manny Pacquiao on 2 May 2015, he is again expected to bring home a similar pay day with the upcoming bout. 

Thu
29
Jun
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Mayweather vs. McConnor, Upset or Status 50-0

Mayweather vs. McConnor

Scribe:  Samuel Otis

Email:  samuel@thethinkering.com

 

When there was just talk of a Mayweather vs. McConnor fight there was interest.  When the fight was announced Mayweather was a decided favorite with the betting line standing at -2250.  Since then the line has changed to +550. For McGregor according to recent reports which says (wager $100. To win $550.)

The line is moving with betters expecting a huge upset against a ring rusty Mayweather.   Those people close to boxing are not so dreamy. 

Boxers and boxer pundits will bet on Mayweather, but MMA folk could easily see it another way.  Mayweather will certainly bet on himself and will likely win.  He has amassed a 49-0, win/loss record for a reason. 

Wed
28
Jun
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Basketball Clouds Part: Knicks part ways with Phil Jackson

New York Knicks

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

For those of us who live and work in the tristate area and are New York Knick fans we breathe a collective sigh of relief this morning as news of Phil Jackson is no longer President of the Knicks.  I have an earworm that I share with many people that I have spoken with this morning.   It’s the song from the musical the Wizard of Oz, you remember the one, “Ding, Dong, the Witch is Dead.”

Tue
27
Jun
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The Balls - Love them or Hate them they're Here

Balls

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:   ntb@thethinkering.com

 

The most talked about NBA draftee by far is the number two pick, fingered by the Los Angeles Lakers.  He wasn’t the most talked about because of his basketball prowess, but because he was simply the most popular person coming out of a one and done university deal. 

Lonzo Ball, was catapulted into the American psyche with the help of his very vocal father LaVar Ball, who claimed with both men in their prime, he would defeat Michael Jordan in a one-on-one.    The Ball family has become the Ball merchandising team, selling t-shirts, shoes and apparel. 

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