Don't Sleep On The Wizards This Year
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Don't Sleep On The Wizards This Year

Washington finally looks legit.

The Washington Wizards have had a very odd year. A slow start plagued them to begin the season, leading to a 2-8 start where they looked horrendous.

Luckily, Washington eventually hit their stride and ended the season 49-33. That was good enough for a Southeast division title and the four seed in the Eastern conference playoff picture.

The Wizards have now been to the postseason three of the past four years. The previous two times, Washington cruised by their first round opponent and looked poised for an Eastern Conference Finals berth. However, they stumbled in the second round and were ousted from contention.

This time around, I believe it will be different.

The Wizards have handled the Atlanta Hawks so far in this first round matchup. They're up 2-0 in the series thanks to a dynamic backcourt.

John Wall and Bradley Beal are lethal in their own separate ways. Wall's mix of speed, athleticism, and court vision has been on full display. He's netted back-to-back 32-point games to go along with 14 and nine assists.

Beal is known more for his versatile scoring ability. He can simply light it up from all areas on the floor.

The duo of Wall and Beal will carry the Wizards past Atlanta. In the second round, Washington will face either the Celtics or Bulls.

Surprisingly, the eighth seeded Bulls have taken a 2-0 series lead over the top seeded Celtics. Boston won't go down easy but a Chicago series victory would make Washington's path to the Eastern Conference Finals significantly easier.

I like the Wizards to make it there regardless. They will probably take on Cleveland for a trip to the NBA Finals on the line.

Washington can definitely give LeBron James and the Cavs a battle. I just don't know if they have enough firepower to get past them. Either way, Washington is a team nobody should sleep on.

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What To Watch For In Sports This Week (6/27)

The sports world keeps spinning when basketball ends, guys.

Sure, the basketball season may be over, but it doesn't mean that the sports world has to stop too. With great baseball, soccer and the biggest tennis tournament of the year taking center stage, this is a fantastic time to start following sports that are not necessarily on your radar.

Here is what to watch out for in sports this week.

Monday, June 27
College World Series: Arizona vs Coastal Carolina Game 1 (7 p.m. ET, ESPN)

The end of the college baseball series is upon with arguably the two biggest long shots in the CWS making it to the finals (well, at least according to oddsmakers in Las Vegas). If you're a fan of baseball in general, you owe it to yourself to watch this series.

The College World Series always provides us with great moments and these two teams have already done it. They both had to win three straight elimination games each just to get to the finals.

The Wildcats have allowed six runs in five games in Omaha, or 1.2 runs per game. Before this season, only four teams had allowed fewer than 1.5 runs per game for an entire run through Omaha, while Coastal Carolina is the first team to ever make it to the Championship series on its first trip to the CWS.

Tuesday, June 28
College World Series: Arizona vs Coastal Carolina Game 2 (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
This is the second game of the College World Series in Omaha (It's that place that Peyton keeps yelling during every snap).

Expect a lot of power coming from both teams, especially Coastal Carolina. According to ESPN, Coastal Carolina has hit 95 home runs this season, the most in Division I in the past six seasons. Four Chanticleers have at least 15 home runs this season, while no other team in the nation has more than two players with that many homers.

Wednesday, June 29
Mets vs Nationals (7 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
*Obligatory MLB game of the week now that the NBA season is over*

Battle of the top two teams in the National League East division. Probable starters are Steven Matz of the Mets and Max Scherzer for the Nationals, so you know that it is going to be a great pitcher's duel.

This series could be an indication of who is going to be in charge of a loaded NL East division and a great launching point for anyone that was waiting for the NBA season to end to start watching MLB.

College World Series: Arizona vs Coastal Carolina Game 3 (If necessary) (8 p.m. ET, ESPN)
If we get a Game 3, congrats. You're watching college baseball's equivalent to Game 7 of the NBA Finals or the World Series.

Thursday, June 30
UEFA Euro 2016: Poland vs Portugal (3 p.m. ET, ESPN2)
After Argentine star Lionel Messi promptly and unexpectedly shocked the football world with his sudden retirement from international play, look for Portugal's Cristiano Ronaldo to take the reins as the best international player with a solid performance against scrappy Poland in the quarterfinals.

While Portugal has struggled a bit in the group stage, Poland has looked very sharp, tying with reigning FIFA World Cup Champions Germany and edging out Switzerland in a penalty shootout in the round of 16.

While this is no Spain vs. Italy, this match could be a little gem when it is all said and done.

Saturday, July 2
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Daytona (7:45 p.m. ET, NBC)
Kyle Busch is in first place in the NASCAR Sprint Cup standings while there are eight drivers who have more points than Busch (yeah NASCAR's point system sure is hella confusing). Daytona is one of the biggest races in the NASCAR season and look for this race to be an extremely competitive one.

UEFA Euro 2016: Germany vs Italy (3 p.m. ET, ESPN)
This is definitely a World Cup Final caliber match and probably the most high profile game in this tournament so far. While it's only the quarterfinals, it might as well be the actual championship.

What to watch out for in this match is how Germany's offense, which has scored six goals in four games, will fare against Italy's goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon. Buffon, 38, is one of the best goalkeepers in the world and shut out defending European Champions Spain in the round of 16.

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Wimbledon (ESPN Networks)
Perhaps the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world. There really isn't much to say about Wimbledon that can entice sports fans to watch it. Everybody knows what Wimbledon is.

The two biggest names right now in tennis right now, Novak Djokovic and Serena Williams, are on path for history. Djokovic just won the French Open, completing the Career Slam, winning all four Grand Slam tournaments in a career. Now he is in pursuit of the Golden Slam, doing a Career Slam and win an Olympic Medal.

Serena Williams right now is second in career women's Grand Slam titles with 21, one behind the all-time record. Unfortunately, she has faltered in the last two major tournament finals, so she will once again try to go for career major tournament win number 22.

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George Washington Stood Up For Its Athletes

Abuse is not to be tolerated.

Mike Lonergen.

I'm sure that's a name that probably doesn't ring a bell to any of you. It definitely didn't for me. As a student athlete that competes in the Atlantic 10 Conference I am pretty familiar with George Washington University, as I'm sure most of you are.

On Saturday, Mike Lonergen, the head men's basketball coach was relieved of his coaching duties. You might ask, so what? Coaches are fired all the time.

Not like this though. This case has a similar feel the Mike Rice situation at Rutgers a couple years back. (Not quite Mike Rice, but a familiar abuse story).

In July, Lonergen was accused of emotional abuse by multiple players and a independent investigation by the Washington Post was conducted. (Here's the full article if you have some time).

The GW Men's team has experienced some success the past couple of seasons, shown by a NIT Championship this past season, which resulted in Coach Lonergen receiving an extension through 2021 (that clearly worked out well). It took guts for the administration to do the right thing.

Lonergan was accused of making comments ranging from telling a player he should transfer to a transgender league and also that one player's son would always be on food stamps. Ouch.

In Lonergen's five year tenure, 13 players have transferred to other schools, which raises some red flags. On the surface this was meaningless, supported by an ESPN report that the transfer rate in college basketball has more than doubled in the past five years to more than 700 players. One player refuted this by saying, "A lot of kids transfer because they have delusions of grandeur. Nobody transferred from GW with delusions of grandeur. They just transferred because they hated (Lonergan). They couldn't stand another second of him."

It seems like there was some real deep hated for the former head coach, and just like most accusation cases, he believes he was wrongfully terminated. This has all the ingredients to make up a messy situation (as if it isn't already), and this could be something to keep an eye on, especially with the season just a couple of weeks away.

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John Wall Can't Catch a Break in DC

Wall posts a 52 spot in a loss to the Magic.

John Wall, ladies and gentlemen! Wall put up a career high 52 points tonight and the Wizards still managed to lose to the Orlando Magic by eight points (you're close, @heyitsrealdeal).

This seems to happen to Kentucky players a lot and it is pretty clear why. These guys are drafted to the worst NBA teams because they come from the best basketball college and then dominate the game, but their team still loses. Anthony Davis put up 50 points in the season opener and the Pelicans lost by seven.
There are currently 25 Kentucky players in the NBA. They span 18 teams, including the: Bulls, Cavaliers, Celtics, Grizzlies, Hornets, Jazz, Kings, Lakers, Magic, Nuggets, Pelicans, Raptors, Rockets, Sixers, Suns, Thunder, Timberwolves, and the Wizards. For such great players coming to these teams from UK, only 7/18 had records over .500 last season. All too often, we see superstar players get drafted to the bottom feeder teams and these players put up 50 points and still lose. How discouraging is that?
This game is obviously impressive from Wall, but is it as impressive as Klay Thompson's 60 and a win? Maybe not, but most of us can agree that it is still impressive. Except for Tramline Harris.
The Wizards are not the Warriors, Tramaine. That may even make Wall's 52 more impressive if he could do that on such a bad team. No matter what, both are two of the best players in the NBA and when anyone puts up 50 points, it is impressive.
So here's to the Washington Wizards getting better so that next time Wall puts up 50, they actually win the game and here's to more 52 point games from the former Wildcat John Wall!
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Redskins Continue Primetime Woes

Redskins outplayed by Cam and the Panthers on Monday Night Football

With Washington's loss to the Panthers Monday night, they have fallen behind both the Bucs and the Packers in the race for the NFC's second wild card race. This was not a must win (Aaron Rodgers believes World War II was a must win, but never a football game), but the Skins must win the next two and have a loss from both Tampa Bay (@ NO, vs Car) and Green Bay (vs Minn, @ Det)

Washington was touchdown favorites, but their Monday Night Football record is now 28-38. That record is 2-16 at FedEx Field. Yikes.

The Skins did not do too much well tonight. Their defense was the best aspect, but they still allowed 26 points to the downtrodden Panthers and let Jonathan Stewart run all over them. Their offense was dismal. The special teams didn't help and the turnovers certainly hurt the Skins.

Then after so many three and outs and turnovers, the Skins frustration got in the way and Jordan Reed decided to punch a helmet, which got him tossed. Talk about adding insult to injury. Double ouch.

Then there is always the story about Cam Newton sliding and getting hit in the head, but not getting any help from the officiating crew. Instead, Cam got flagged for taunting as he flipped the ball on the Redskins defender.

Nice work Redskins, you definitely set yourselves up for the playoffs tonight.

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John Ross Doesn't Need An Island

He's about to make a killing.

John Ross is now officially the fastest man in the history of the NFL Combine. He is not, however, the owner of a fancy new island.

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, John Ross, a former wide receiver for the University of Washington, recently broke Chris Johnson's 40-yard dash record after posting a 4.22 at this year's NFL Combine. And at first glance, it looked like he had won an island too.

Still not following? Well let me clarify even further. Before this year's NFL Combine, Adidas made a promise: if any athlete broke Johnson's 40-yard dash record of 4.24, said athlete would then receive their very own $1 million island. However, there was one catch: the record-setter had to be wearing 2017 Adizero 5-star 40 cleats.

And while John Ross did break the record ... he was wearing Nikes.

No island for Mr. Ross.

Now, some of you may be thinking "Well, what an idiot! That guy gave up an island just because he wanted to wear his Nikes. "

But Ross saw it a different way. Take a look at the response he gave when asked why he chose to wear Nikes instead of wearing Adidas and subsequently winning an island.

"Fuck you Adidas, I don't need your damn island. I'm getting PAID!"

And let me tell you: John Ross has already gotten paid. Because Ross, who is apparently a genius, had already signed a deal with Nike before the NFL Draft, and was therefore contractually obligated to wear Nike's new Vapor 4.2 cleats. He wasn't relying on a 40-yard dash to make some money: he knew he was a big deal before he even got to the NFL combine, so he capitalized ASAP.

I'm willing to go as far as to say he probably knew he could beat the record in the first place, and was still smart enough to realize that any athlete in their right mind would rather be with Nike instead of Adidas, regardless of how many islands were up for grabs.

Furthermore, who the hell wants an island? Unless you're Richard Branson, who literally has so much money he doesn't know what to do with it, or Nicholas Cage, who literally has so few brain cells that he has no idea what to do (period), why would anybody want to be responsible for their own island?

What if a hurricane hits it? Or if random people start washing up on shore? And how would you even get there? Would John Ross have bought a chartered a jet to get there? Would he have spent his valuable time learning how to operate a boat just so he could chill out in the middle of nowhere for a few days? (No to that last one, because rational ignorance, remember?)

Basically what I'm saying is islands are stupid, Adidas is still Nike's black sheep little brother, and John Ross was going to be a big deal regardless of whether or not he won his super special (stupid) island.

And Nicholas Cage is a moron.