Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The best fight no one saw and rewatching GGG-Canelo

Early yesterday morning at 3 AM, while most of the country slept, I was treated to live coverage of what might be my selection for the fight of the year from Nagoya, Japan as Kosei Tanaka defeated Sho Kimura via majority decision to take the WBO flyweight crown from Kimura.
I had Kimura a 115-113 winner, but so many of these rounds were close, I had no problem with the decision going Tanaka's way.
I can only hope that we see a rematch between the two and that it is soon!

I watched the HBO replay of the Gennady Golovkin-Canelo Alvarez match and I didn't have a lot of change in my scorecard other than my original card of 116-113, (7-4-1 in rounds), moved to 115-113
as I decided that the round that I scored even when I watched the first time, should have been given to Canelo when I wanted to make a decision one way or the other.

That means on my card, I gave every close round to Canelo Alvarez and I still have Gennady Golovkin as the winner.
The wrong man (Alvarez) won a close, exciting fight and even though the operative word is close. the result still meant the wrong team lost.
In baseball, a game can be exciting and well-played and wind up 3-2 as a close game, but the winner is still the winner and the loser can be proud of the effort and performance, but they still are on the short end of the scoreboard

As for HBO's broadcast.
Normally, I'd say the less said the better, but this was a special kind of broadcast- as in the type that should have featured Vince McMahon and Bruno Sammartino extolling the virtues of Ricky Steamboat as Jesse "the Body" Ventura pointed out the positives of whatever nasty bad guy happened to be pounding a hapless performer at this particular minute.

All of that sounds like a writer's hyperbole, but here's the issue for me.
HBO didn't have a Ventura to represent Golovkin.
Jim Lampley tried to call it down the middle, but as the blow by blow man's job to always be fair, Lampley isn't offering analysis of why things are happening or how he sees the fight developing, his job is to describe what is happening.
Even still, Lampley appeared to be (during the fight) to trying to thread the needle that his network has set up involving their last true cash cow that the one-time bully of the boxing business has remaining in a time of spreading boxing back into various platforms and didn't always seem to call it as it happens.
Lampley would somewhat redeem himself (although his saying the round 12 that almost all scored for Golovkin was difficult to score- it was not) with his editorial on his "Fight Game" show that talked about the various problems in boxing that come to light whenever these decisions in big fights pop up, but sometimes these statements come too little and too late for an audience that feels ripped off and cheated of the ending that observers feel should have happened.
Even still, Lampley dropped Golovkin completely out of his top five in his "Pound for Pound" despite the controversy to lift Alvarez to third.
While I certainly could understand Alvarez being rated over Golovkin because of the official win, dropping him out of the top five seems like a stretch, especially behind Mikey Garcia, who has been more workmanlike than wizardlike in his two most recent wins.

For the small issues, one might have with Lampley, who is being pushed for his longtime position as the best blow by blow man in the game by Brian Kenny of DAZN, the far more serious issues are in the color analyst roles in which are receiving more vitriol than any commentators in boxing than I can remember in years.

Roy Jones Jr has always been a commentator that was more about promoting himself than one skilled in analyzing the fight in the ring, but his work of late seems to have transitioned into a role of providing "Roy/Pensacola/More Roy" stories and rooting for the fighter that HBO has the most interest in.
That's part of what HBO has always wanted in the role through the years moving from Ray Leonard to George Foreman to now Jones and freelancer Andre Ward, so that's nothing new as far as the expectations from the front office.

The surprise has been the transition from the sage writer Larry Merchant to Max Kellerman.
Kellerman was thought of by many (including myself) as being the natural successor to Merchant and despite a slightly clumsy replacement process, Kellerman's knowledge of the history of the sport was thought to be a great fit.
It hasn't turned out that way as Kellerman's affinity for a certain type of boxer that has existed dating back to his first exposure on ESPN has turned into what has become an out and out bias against fighters that not only have a different style but ones that actually fight against fighters of Kellerman's preferred style.
Kellerman has become so strident and blatant in his rooting for these fighters (Most notably Andre Ward, who he feels compelled to mention multiple times in each fight, whether Ward is announcing the bout or not) that it is becoming a massive hindrance to the broadcast and a major repellent to the audience.
While I was a fan of Kellerman and still would not at all knock him for a lack of knowledge of the sport that he covers, Kellerman has become part of the debate-oriented television style that has become so prevalent in both sports and news coverage.
Kellerman's opinion usually does not divert from those of Jones, but he seems to be looking for a reason to shout and exchange with- even if his usual foils at ESPN are nowhere to found.
The foil seems to have become the viewer, who often seems to wish that they could rail back at Kellerman.

HBO once had the best of almost everything in boxing production from graphics, talent both on and off the screen and the best of the boxers themselves.
Now, the Network of Champions seems to have slipped past their prime like a once-great boxer that keeps trying to survive through gimmicks and guile against younger and more innovative opponents that read Showtime, DAZN, and ESPN on their marquee's.
It's always sad to watch any athlete go on past their prime and continue with nothing left.
It's almost as sad to see a once-great network do the same...

Sunday, September 23, 2018

Boxing Challenge: Joshua Rallies Past Povetkin- DAZN Debut

It was a two fight weekend in the boxing challenge from London and the fights were both entertaining.
In the main event, Anthony Joshua rallied from behind on my scorecard to knockout Alexander Povetkin in the seventh round and retain his WBA, IBF and WBO heavyweight championships.

Joshua looked tentative and Povetkin landed often early as he bloodied the nose of the champion in round one.
Povetkin was far more aggressive in this fight than he was in his only previous career defeat, a decision loss to Wladimir Klitschko and that aggressiveness allowed him to build a lead on my card of 4-2 at the midway point of the bout, with it arguably being 5-1 as Joshua narrowly won one round on my card that I "asterisked" as a round that could have been given to either fighter.
However, in the sixth round, you began to feel that Povetkin had fired his best shot as Joshua put together his best round of the fight as things began to swing towards the champion's corner.
Joshua took advantage in the seventh by dropping a badly hurt Povetkin, who almost tumbled out of the ring as he hit the floor and barely beat the count.
Povetkin attempted to survive, but Joshua leaped on the Russian and finished him off with a combination that sent Povetkin's cornerman onto the apron to stop the bout just as the referee waved off the ending.

Give credit to Povetkin, who has been criticized throughout his career for his two failed drug tests and his anemic effort vs Wladimir Klitschko, he fought hard and with bravery when he could have packed it in after the first knockdown and a little to Joshua for taking the best shots of a more than solid puncher and rallying to win.

Why only a little to the victor and still champion?
Well, to start with and this isn't his fault, all three judges had Joshua ahead, so had things continued along the lines of the first six, Joshua was on his way to winning a questionable decision.
However, the main problem and this is a marginal complaint considering he decisively knocked out a guy that had never been knocked before, is that the Klitschko fight that we all love so much has changed Anthony Joshua as a fighter.
Joshua's exciting win and resulting knockdowns at the hands of Klitschko has led to change in style, much like the last great heavyweight from Britain- Lennox Lewis, who transitioned from an exciting fighter (check his fight vs Ray Mercer out) to a more conservative, but arguably more effective boxer after beginning to work with trainer Emanuel Steward.

The change in style turned Lewis into a far less interesting fighter to watch, but it protected a vulnerable chin far better and Lewis became a Hall of Fame level fighter and I see the same in Anthony Joshua.
Joshua and his team are discovering that almost any top ten lever fighter has the ability to take you out, so why test that theory?
Joshua will be arguably (he sure wasn't in this one, in my opinion) more effective and take fewer punches, but he won't be nearly as much fun to watch.

Fans are hoping to see the final title unified with Joshua facing the winner of the WBC title match between champion Deontay Wilder and the lineal champion Tyson Fury next year.
Should that not happen, a rematch with top contender Dillian Whyte is the likely next title contender to try Joshua.
Whyte badly hurt Joshua in their first bout before Joshua knocked out Whyte in the seventh.

In the co-feature, Luke Campbell avenged a loss to Yvon Mendy via unanimous decision to become the mandatory to WBC lightweight champ Mikey Garcia.
Campbell had lost their first bout via a split decision but controlled this bout (118-110 on my card) via the jab and staying outside against the perpetually charging Mendy.
Campbell is unlikely to fight Garcia, mainly because he won't bring Garcia "I'm only looking for big fights" sizable dollars and there would be promotional issues involved (Campbell is with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom, while Garcia is loosely affiliated with PBC and Showtime) in making the fight.
Campbell would be likely to fight for the title after Garcia would likely vacate it rather than defend that title against Campbell, who lost a split decision to then WBA champion Jorge Linares in 2017.

In the boxing challenge, Ramon Malpica continued to gain ground with a four-point weekend (two points for each fight) to my three-pointer (Two for Campbell and one for Joshua).
The tally now stands at 144-123.

This card was also my first as a DAZN subscriber and I have a few words to write about the broadcast.
The stream looked just as strong as an HD broadcast (Which has always been a streaming concern of mine) and although there was an occasional buffering issue, that could have been my having a few windows open as I followed the Ohio State game etc.
The graphics were large and easy to read, yet they weren't obnoxious or bothersome.
Amazing how easy that can be and just as amazing is how so many screw it up.

The bigger issue was the broadcast crew.
Brian Kenny is very good on blow by blow and his knowledge of the game as a historian comes through very well.
I would wager that if DAZN is able to keep Kenny busy enough with enough work that he could challenge Jim Lampley for the best in the game in that role.
I would already slot Kenny ahead of both Mauro Ranallo of Showtime and Joe Tessitore of ESPN, so Lampley might have to step his game up to stay in the top slot.

The color commentators are where DAZN shows a need to improve.
Sugar Ray Leonard was an all-time great in the ring, but he hasn't been regularly at ringside since he left HBO in 1990 and it shows.
Leonard offers the same cliches' that he used in the 80's and for all the charisma Leonard had in the ring, he has never seemed to possess the same zip behind the mic.
Sergio Mora is another semi-active fighter giving commentating a try while he still occasionally fights.
Sadly, Mora has fallen into the trap that so many have fallen into- being critical while commentating of things that you did or didn't do in the ring.
An example came in a prelim fight when Mora was critical of one of the fighters for holding so much and the referee for not deducting points.
I found this laughable because Mora is a fighter that holds constantly in his bouts and frankly is a perennial Zabbie Award contender.
At a time where the color commentary position is very weak other than Showtime's excellent pair of Al Bernstein and Paulie Malignaggi, DAZN could have leaped over HBO's increasingly shrill (and partial) Max Kellerman/Roy (Let me tell what Roy would have done here in 1991) Jones and ESPN's pairing of Mark Kriegel (Love his writing, below average at ringside) and Timothy Bradley and freelancer Andre (challenger to the Roy Jones- it's all about me award) Ward to make themselves a top-notch unit.
Perhaps over time, they can tinker with personnel at those positions.

I really liked Chris Mannix as part of the hosting pairing.
Mannix is unafraid to offer opinions and came across well on TV.
I hope to see more of him.
I really don't know much about Kay Adams, who works for NFL Network, but I'm usually skeptical about new media folks involved in boxing.
Adams stumbled a bit on a few occasions, which makes me wonder if this is another television person shoved into a boxing role rather than a boxing person doing television.
I was critical of the various PBC hosts a few years back when they were buying half of the cable networks for their shows for lack of knowledge (Most notably ESPN's Marysol Castro) or someone dating a fighter with the company, so although I don't know enough about Adams to say for sure yet, but if I had to guess, she could be along those lines.
In a sport with Brian Custer (Showtime) Crystina Poncher (ESPN/Top Rank) and Jessica Rosales (ESPN/Golden Boy) that are solid boxing people with excellent hosting capabilities, I would like to see DAZN use a boxing person in the role rather than just another sports anchor.
After all, they will be surviving on a subscriber base, it's not too much to ask that the people paying for their product have someone that is as passionate about the product that they pay for hosting the event.

All in all, there are some things that I'd change, I found that I liked DAZN's presentation and would recommend it to the huge boxing fan.

I passed last night on the HBO replay of the Golovkin-Alvarez fight due to watching college football and some things I needed to do at work.
I will be watching on demand tonight, mainly because I want to re-score the fight again, but also because I have heard some many bad things about the commentary of Max Kellerman and Roy Jones ( my fight broadcast was in Russian) and I want to hear just how fair they actually were.

No Browns today, so looks like some features coming your way over the next few days!!

Buckeyes blast Tulane in Meyer return.

Dwayne Haskins threw for five touchdowns and for over 300 yards as Ohio State washed over Tulane 49-6 in the return of Urban Meyer as the head coach.

The now 4-0 Buckeyes face a severe test next Saturday night in State College with the waiting and also undefeated Penn State Nittany Lions.

1) This will be a far shorter review than normal because being honest, I didn't watch the game as closely as normal with the Joshua-Povetkin fight being on at the same time and the overmatched opponent.
I was watching, but ...

2) Dwayne Haskins.
What can I write that I haven't of late?
The only real question for Haskins will come next week in the whiteout conditions of State College, if Haskins plays well and leads Ohio State to a win in that environment, there would be no further questions to answer.

3) Ohio State played the second team for almost the entire second half, which gave those players some time on the field, but the Buckeyes would score just one time, late in the fourth quarter on a Tate Martell run.

4) That was made palatable by the touchdowns that the Buckeyes scored on all six occasions in the first half.
Against a team that isn't on your level, that is how you eliminate any upset possibilities.
Don't believe me? Ask a top 15 Virginia Tech team that was defeated yesterday by a 0-3 Old Dominion squad.

5) Eleven Warriors is reporting that Ohio State is considering a plan to make Ryan Day the "Head Coach in Waiting".
This would be a way to keep Day as offensive coordinator for a while, have a quality successor ready for whenever Urban Meyer decides to leave and the most important reason- it would keep Day in the fold and away from a potential job that he might become a challenger to Ohio State.
It's early in the year, but there are a few possible Big Ten openings for Day should he be interested.
Maryland is 3-1 under interim coach Matt Canada, but who knows if Maryland will want an outsider after their problems. Illinois could be ready to stop the Lovie Smith experiment and I still think it only takes the right NFL offer to pull Jim Harbaugh away from Michigan or the right college (USC?)
to remove James Franklin from Penn State.
The coach in waiting doesn't always work out (Remember James Franklin with Maryland?), but it would be a worthwhile attempt to keep an excellent young coach.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Boxing Challenge

It's a two-fight weekend in the boxing challenge and you can watch them free online as the introductory offer to DAZN includes a free month.

The main event sends the three belt holder in the heavyweight division against a solid contender live from London.
Anthony Joshua defends his WBA, IBF and WBO championships against former WBA champion Alexander Povetkin, who has lost just once in his career in a unification match by decision to Wladimir Klitschko.

The battle of Olympic Gold Medalists (Povetkin 2004, Joshua 2012) is one between two of the top five heavyweights in the world, so even though it's not the wished for Joshua-Deontay Wilder, it's still a top five title defense.
Joshua is the bigger fighter and a harder puncher, although Povetkin is no slouch as a hitter himself and he punches as well, if not better than Dillian Whyte, who floored Joshua in their bout.
Joshua also memorably was dropped by Wladimir Klitschko in their classic conflict, so Povetkin does have a punchers chance in this one, so Povetkin is a real dark horse here.

However, in Povetkin's only appearance against elite competition against Klitschko, Povetkin was knocked off his feet four times (although not seriously hurt by any of them) and was bullied and worn down by the physically larger Klitschko in arguably the dullest heavyweight unification fight ever (Mike Tyson-Bonecrusher Smith is a strong challenger for that award), so we will see just what Povetkin brings to the table other than that puncher's chance.

In our other challenge bout, Briton Luke Campbell attempts to avenge one of his two career defeats in a rematch against Yvan Mendy of France.
Mendy won a close split decision in 2014 when the pair first fought, but this bout has a lot on the line as on paper it is an eliminator for the WBC lightweight title currently held by Mikey Garcia.
In reality, the fight is to guarantee a shot at the vacant title as Garcia is unlikely to defend against either fighter and is more likely to vacate, although I could see a scenario where if Campbell won, Garcia might be enticed to fight him in England for a larger purse than such a fight would be worth in the U.S., if promotional issues don't get into the way.
Campbell is best remembered by American fans for his gritty split decision loss to then-WBA champion Jorge Linares last September.

WBA/IBF/WBO Heavyweight Titles. 12 Rds
Anthony Joshua vs Alexander Povetkin
R.L; Joshua KO 5
TRS: Joshua Unanimous Decision

Lightweights. 12 Rds
Luke Campbell vs Yvan Mendy
Both: Campbell Unanimous Decision

Friday, September 21, 2018

Mayfield rallies Browns-Losing Streak Snapped!

Baker Mayfield made his anticipated debut for a concussed Tyrod Taylor late in the first half and made his first game a winning one as Mayfield rallied a flagging Cleveland offense and snapped a losing streak that seemed to trace back to the Truman administration with a 21-17 win at home over the New York Jets.
Mayfield didn't throw a touchdown pass in his 201-yard passing night, but he did catch a pass from Jarvis Landry for a two-point conversion.
Carlos Hyde slammed through the Jets defense for 98 yards and two touchdowns on the ground for Cleveland in the victory with Jarvis Landry grabbing eight passes for 103 yards.
The Browns take a 1-1-1 record to Oakland next Sunday to visit the Raiders in what is likely to be their last visit ever to the Oakland Coliseum.

Brownie Bits

1) Baker Mayfield's debut.
Mayfield entered the game with the Browns trailing 14-0 and having failed to threaten at all under Tyrod Taylor, things looked less than sunny.
Mayfield instantly brought energy to the field and you could feel that.
I'm a person that doesn't buy a lot of that type of thing, but in this case, it was visible in how the Browns reacted to his entry into the game.
Mayfield moved the Browns downfield and even though the drive resulted in just a field goal, you could again feel that the Browns were not out of this game.

2) After Tyrod Taylor underthrew two passes that could have been big plays and was anemic in completing just four of fourteen passes, Baker Mayfield's passes were sharp, didn't hang in there and were generally accurate.
Take a fumble on his drive, that the Browns fortunately recovered and I don't have a glaring mistake that the Oklahoma rookie made, unless you count his receiver dropping a few passes as his mistakes,
which of course would not be the case.

3) I've been noted as a skeptic on Baker Mayfield and I still am to a degree.
We'll see what happens when the league gets a book on him and for every young quarterback that becomes a star, there is another with immediate success that isn't able to make the required adjustments to defenses that have an idea of what you like to do.
However, what will be will be and let's talk about what I liked last night.
The ball came out quickly, which what you hope to see and what the Browns offense was not getting from Tyrod Taylor.
Every half second that you are able to save by getting rid of the football is a half second that your linemen do not have to hold onto their blocks- you make your offensive line move up a level when you can get rid of the football.

4) The other thing that I liked about Mayfield was the throws.
I still don't think that he has an especially strong arm, but his throws are straight, don't hang in the air (therefore making your receiver jump for them and vulnerable to hits) and get there fast enough that receivers don't have to wait for them.
From what I saw, he'll be fine in the short to intermediate passing game, he didn't make any long throws, so perhaps we'll see some of that in Oakland.

5) Remember that even though I was extremely critical of the Browns for taking Baker Mayfield, that it was more for taking him first rather than in the first round.
I had Mayfield as my third quarterback in the draft (behind Sam Darnold and Josh Rosen) and considered him a first rounder, just not at first in the draft, so while I did (and do) have questions, it was more about draft value than ability,

6) A final note on Baker for today- I keep seeing these comparisons to Brett Favre and as a Favre fan, I'd be fine with getting anything close to that, but watching the game, Mayfield brought to mind another favorite of mine and something that person said in an NFL Network program.
It's Doug Flutie.
Both were not big quarterbacks (although Baker is a few inches taller than Flutie), both are helped by a moving pocket to help them see their passing lanes and both seem to have that "it" factor that no one can describe in tangible terms , but players know if their quarterback possesses it or not.
However, Flutie on "A Football Life" boiled down the pro game as being no different than pickup games in the backyard- "rollout, see a guy is open, you throw it to him, you take your read and throw it to the open guy".(the clip is at the 6:00 mark)
It is simple in how it sounds, but there really is something to that and that is just what Baker Mayfield might have as well.

7) Carlos Hyde ran strong, breaking tackles and moving the pile in his two-score night.
Hyde had been criticized by some entering the game with a low yards per carry average, but as I noted last week, Hyde is the type of back that wears defenses down and what was keeping his average down was his lack of carries.
Hyde ran the ball 23 times and responded with a big night.

8) Former Brown Isaiah Crowell scored both Jet touchdowns but otherwise was quiet in finishing with only 34 yards on 16 runs.
However, Crowell was very classless in "wiping his rear" (yes, really) with the ball before firing it into the stands.
I know Crowell wasn't happy with his use last season with Hue Jackson and I understand his frustration, but it wasn't the fans that didn't give him the ball to run with and yet it was the fans that Crowell decided to slap in the face.

9) The defense forced three more turnovers (2 interceptions and a forced fumble) and the best play was the strip of Robby Anderson by Denzel Ward after a completion.
The Gregg Williams defense is becoming quite adept at ripping the ball loose and the Browns turned that in three points off the foot of Greg Joseph.

10) Greg Joseph drilled both of his field goals (long of 45)and even if they didn't look pretty, they went through the uprights, which is the objective.
We'll see how long Joseph sticks around, but a nice start for Joseph in the victory.

11) Myles Garrett had two sacks of Sam Darnold, but once again it was Larry Ogunjobi starring as well from defensive tackle.
Ogunjobi certainly would win a most improved Brown award and at this rate, might be playing at a Pro Bowl level.

12) The color rush uniforms were a hit in my opinion.
I thought the jerseys were the best that the team has worn since the sad change in togs under the Alec "I'd be surprised if our fans didn't love these uniforms" Scheiner front office, but I still think too much brown was used with the Brown pants.
I'd love to see these jerseys return with either white or especially orange pants.

13) In closing, I'm glad the streak is over and the beer coolers are unlocked and we can all celebrate a win.
Now it's time to start acting like a franchise should- one that doesn't go crazy over a win over a bad team at home.
I tweeted last night that Tyrod Taylor's concussion might have won this game because I doubted Hue Jackson would have made the change otherwise.

Let's see if Hue Jackson ( and Baker Mayfield for that matter) can build off this win and with ten days to prepare for a road date against another team of a similar level in the Oakland Raiders, that should be an interesting test to see just how good this Browns team is.
Celebrate this one and hopefully get used to the feeling.

Thursday, September 20, 2018


The PPM arrives early this week with the Browns playing on Thursday night against the New York Jets.

Last Week 7-2-1

Ohio State over Tulane 59-7
Bowling Green over Miami Ohio 22-17
Oklahoma State over Texas Tech 55-42
Houston over Texas Southern 49-12
Washington over Arizona State 24-14

Game of the Week
Alabama over Texas A&M 35-16

Browns over Jets 17-14
Saints over Falcons 30-27

Game of the Week
Rams over Chargers 38-24

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Cleaning out the inbox

The cleaning of the inbox continues with a few notable articles to peruse at your leisure.

Bruce Markusen's Card Corner for the Baseball Hall of Fame starts out with a reference that I should have seen, never have previously, made me howl with laughter and will now never leave me with his comparison of the Phillies slugging outfielder Johnny Callison with the actor Edward Winter- best known to fans of MASH as Colonel Flagg!
Markusen's article made me laugh with the remembrance of some of the best lines of Winter/Flagg. "The Wind just broke his leg" along with the career of Callison, who had the Phillies not blown the pennant in 1964, would have been the likely National League MVP.

SABR is in the middle of an extensive series that looks at ownership history for each team and it is tremendously interesting to read about the attendance and the triumphs and failings of the various teams through the years.
The series has just started, but the Indians and Giants have already been posted.

ESPN writes about one of my favorites in Dale Murphy in a long article.
Dale Murphy seems to be one of the rare people in public life that seems to be exactly as his image portrays and the article also looks at the generation that grew up watching him on WTBS.
Author Wright Thompson has written several terrific articles for the Worldwide Leader.

The Altoona Mirror writes about the history of the team's theme song "Everybody Loves Curve Baseball".
Played every time the Curve scores a run as well as other times during the game, the song is sung by a Slovakian group and the words are written to the music of a Slovakian hit.
I'm not sure that you can go to a Curve game and not hear or remember - Everybody Loves Curve Baseball.

In the Canadian Football League, a huge rivalry was once played for a trophy that now isn't awarded at all.
The Harold Ballard trophy was awarded to the winner of the season series between the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and Toronto Argonauts and it was named after the unpopular owner (who named it after himself) of the Tiger-Cats and the Toronto Maple Leafs.
That seems awkward to start with- an owner that owns a team in each city that generally doesn't care for each other with Toronto looking down on Hamilton's working-class status, Hamilton disliking Toronto's metropolitan status along with never forgiving the Leafs for always (along with the Buffalo Sabres) foiling Hamilton's perpetual efforts to bring an NHL team to their town.
Add to that the bombastic and cheap owner, it was almost as if Canada had their own "Mr.McMahon" 30 years before the heel owner existed.

Last Saturday's football game between Texas Tech and Houston left me a little conflicted as the former SWC rivals played in a non-conference game in Lubbock.
While I've been a Red Raider fans since I was a child, I actually watch more Cougars games now with scheduling.
I did watch as a reasonably passive observer, the SWC Roundup did an excellent job at looking back at the series between the schools and their game history.
I would have liked a look at their 1976 game in which both teams entered the game in the top ten in the nation and Houston's 27-19 win would be the tiebreaker in deciding which team would represent the SWC as champion in Dallas for the Cotton Bowl against undefeated Maryland.
Houston would defeat Maryland in that game 30-21.

We wrap with Philadelphia Magazine's ode to Mayonnaise and why it says millennials have killed that condiment.
I sure would not report its demise, but then again I'm not of that age bracket either!
I won't be stopping my use of it, that is a promise that I can easily keep!