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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. 

Wed
21
Jun
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2017 NBA Draft Expected Picks and Position

Draft Tops

Script:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

Tomorrow is the big day for basketball fans.  The 2017 NBA Draft will announce the top players of the new season.  According to mock drafts, which most are saying the same thing Markelle Fultz is expected to go 1-1, with Lonzo Ball, expected to go to his hometown team the Los Angeles Lakers 1-2.  There has been a lot of talk surrounding Ball with his marketing guru father promising to make his baller sons an item. 

2017 NBA mock draft

SEC Country 2017 NBA Draft mock draft

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Markelle Fultz

Tue
20
Jun
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91-year-old Gymnast encourages others

Quass

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Johanna Quass is 91 years old, she entered her first gymnastics competition she entered was in 1934.   She was recently in competition in Berlin, her favorite apparatus are the parallel bars and she performed to the appreciation of the crowd. 

She recently said, “I practice gymnastics only twice per week, but every day I do an hour of some sport or exercise—usually swimming or a walk,”​ Quass says. “If you stick with it you can definitely carry on at a high age.”

The Guinness Book of World Records certified the Nonagenarian as the world’s oldest gymnasts five years ago.  She is still active.  She has been awarded 11 SENIOR German national gymnastic titles, both before and after unification.  The former Physical education teacher has been an athlete since age 9.  She promised to stay active and is encouraging others to do the same. 

Mon
12
Jun
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Pittsburgh Penguins take home the Stanly Cup after a 2-0 win in Finals Game 6

Pittsburgh Penguins

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins close out the Nashville Predators 2-0 in game six of the finals to become the NHL Champions for the second consecutive year.  The Penguins are the first team in nearly two decades to be back-to-back champions. 

The Penguins ended the series 4-2, to win the cup. 

The Detroit Red Wings took home Lord Stanley’s cup in both 1986 and 1987.  Penguins captain, Sidney Crosby was born in 1987, the year Wayne Gretzky sauntered around the rink with the sacred cup. 

The Predators went down in a valiant fight after streaking 9-1 at home, the predators fell after playing 25 post season games. Not a bad playoff run for a team whom no one expected to make it past the first round. 

2017, the Penguins are the last team standing, standing tall with a well-deserved Stanley Cup.  

Thu
08
Jun
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Dubs 1 Win Away

Warriors

Scribe:  Lucy Osbourne

Email:  lucy@thethinkering.com

 

The Golden State Warriors faced a difficult and disappointing finals in 2016, pulling away from the Cleveland Cavaliers team 3-1 and then losing that advantage and losing the championship banner by a single game losing 3 straight. 

One year later the Dubs are 3-0 in the Finals and 15-0 in the post season becoming the first team in NBA history to go Undefeated in the playoffs they are again defying the odds.  The west coast team could easily with a single game walk away from the playoffs 16-0, setting the league on its ear. 

On Friday night in Cleveland the Warriors will attempt to set that record and celebrate a championship and revenge from last year’s defeat. 

While the previous games in the 2017 Finals have been competitive, the final score rarely looks like it. 

Wed
07
Jun
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Beckham Jr. Wants new Contract

Odell Beckham

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Odell Beckham wants a new contract.    Beckham has decided not to participate in organized team activities due to his reported desire for a new contract.  As reported by ESPN, he has been one of several Giants who have missed the voluntary offseason workouts over the past few weeks.  Beckham Jr does not have a financial bonus tied to attending the workouts this offseason but was expected to attend. 

He told the NFL network last month that,” I love my team and am excited about the season." 

Giants wide receiver coach Adam Henry said he is focusing on the players present when quizzed by reporters on Wednesday.  Henry continued, "I've never had a problem with him. When he's here, he's a breath of fresh air. That's it."

Beckham is scheduled to make $1.8 million this season under the terms of his rookie contract. 

Tue
06
Jun
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Predators even series 2-2 in Game 4

Rinne

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Just when the world became comfortable with the iceburgh crew offing the predators, the Nashville team roars back to make it a series.  Locking it even on Monday night 2-2, with a 4-1 win against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Game 4. 

Pekka Rinne of the Predators looked like robogoalie with 23 saves, just when people begin to wonder if Rinne still has it, he kick’s the door wide open with an amazing series of stops.   The predators lost the first two games in Pittsburgh as is now proving why they are competing for the Stanley Cup. 

Mon
05
Jun
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Cavaliers vs. Warriors Series of the Ages

Javale McGee

Scribe:  N. Tru Bass

Email:  ntb@thethinkering.com

 

Last year’s 2015-2016 NBA Finals, it was clear starting Game 4 the Cleveland Cav’s.  On paper the Warriors and the Cavaliers were running dead heat, until they met in the finals last year.   After a disappointing loss for the Golden State Warriors, the team retooled and added the four time scoring king Kevin Durant to the lineup. 

The Cav’s boasted a 51-31 regular season record with a winning percentage of .622, with Golden State walking away from the RS with 67 wins and 15 losses and still on paper both teams look great.  But, the Warriors are beginning to outpace the defending champions. 

In both Game 1 and Game 2 of the 2017 Finals in early play the teams looked comparable, although as the game wears on the western team tends to systematically pull away.  Is it fatigue? 

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