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Monday, November 14, 2016

Quick Hits From Over The Weekend

The Main Event
The U.S. is even worse shape than we all thought.

For the first time in 15 years, the U.S. men's soccer team lost a World Cup qualifying match on home soil. To make matters worse, it was to Mexico. First their "stealing our jobs," and now they're stealing our victories!

USMNT's head coach Jurgen Klinsmann, who despite there being calls for him to be fired for years, found a way to help his team of Yanks fall to some "bad hombres" by using a 3-4-3 formation, which after Mexico adjusted by switching their formation to a 4-3-3, did about as little to stop the Mexicans from invading the U.S.'s territory as a giant wall would. The U.S. lost 2-1 and is currently sitting in 4th place in CONCACAF's World Cup qualifying, which could mean they'll miss the big event.

Despite the way too overly dramatic "hype" video U.S. soccer produced to try and convince us that the U.S. vs. Mexico rivalry is one of the greatest in the world, it isn't.

Good Sport
Bust Busted
Over the weekend, Greg Oden, a former #1 overall NBA draft pick who at 18 looked like he was 40, said he'll be remembered as the "biggest bust in NBA history." The reason why we're giving him Good Sport, is twofold: 1. He's probably right. He will go down as the biggest bust in NBA history; good on him for realizing that. 2. Oden doesn't deserve all the blame for swift downfall and bust status. After being a dominant college player at Ohio St., Oden was drafted by the Portland Trail Blazers #1 overall, but was quickly sidelined with injuries, missing his entire first season. Unfortunately for Oden, and several other Trail Blazers (including Brandon Roy), the Blazers' medical staff was horrible, resulting in several careers being ended prematurely. Oden had the talent, but thanks to chronic injuries and bad medical advice, he never had an opportunity to show the NBA what he could really do, which is why although he may be the NBA's biggest bust, he's our Good Sport.

Bad Sport
Puppy Love
Bryan Bickell, the Carolina Hurricanes forward who has more pictures with dogs than Cesar Millan, was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Get well, the real dog whisperer.

G.O.A.T. of the Weekend (What is G.O.A.T.?)
LeBron James. Yes, he passed Kobe to become the youngest NBA player to reach 27,000 career points, but the real accomplishment was taking a selfie with Michelle Obama in a Mannequin Challenge video.

Goat of the Weekend (What's a Goat?)
Formerly #2 Michigan, #3 Clemson, and #4 Washington. Apparently, these three schools don't want to play for the BCS Championship, after each undefeated team became defeated on Saturday. Michigan lost on the road to the unranked Iowa Hawkeyes 13-14, Clemson lost at home to the unranked Pittsburgh Panthers 42-43, and Washington lost to the #20 USC Trojans 13-26. The new top 4 includes: #1 Alabama (received all 61 first place votes), #2 Ohio St., #3 Louisville, and #4 Michigan. Clemson fell to #5 and Washington to #7.

Quote of the Weekend
"I just want to say, from the bottom of me heart, I'd like to take this chance to apologize... to absolutely nobody." - Conor McGregor

After knocking out Eddie Alvarez with a flurry of punches to the face during UFC 205, the now two-division UFC champion took a moment to "say sorry" before telling the UFC later in the night that he wants an equity stake in the sport.

What to Watch (All Times Eastern)
NFL. Bengals at Giants - 8:15pm on ESPN
NCAA MEN'S BASKETBALL. Binghamton at St. John's - 6:30pm on FS1; Albany at Cincinnati - 7pm on ESPNU; Howard at Marquette - 8:30pm on FS1; North Carolina Central at Ohio State - 9pm on ESPNU; Princeton at BYU - 10pm on ESPN2
NCAA WOMEN'S BASKETBALL. Connecticut at Florida State - 6pm on ESPN2; Texas at Stanford - 8pm on ESPN2
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