UMBC stands for the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. It’s a small university less than 10 miles from downtown Baltimore, with a little over 13,500 students attending. Before Friday, this little known university was looking for their first win in the NCAA Basketball Tournament, but made history after it was over.
UMBC’s mascot is the Retriever, like the breed of dog, and the basketball team lived up to the underdog moniker to even get into the big dance. The Retrievers play in the American East Basketball conference, which is a small conference with only one way to get into the NCAA Tournament, and that is to win the American East Basketball Tournament. UMBC advanced to the finals against Vermont, who was riding a 15 game winning streak coming into the game and the favorites to clinch the automatic bid. Continue reading UMBC’s buzzer beater heats up NCAA tournament→
Undefeated Welterweight, American boxer, Floyd “Money” Mayweather (AKA the short, arrogant, trash-talker)
Irish Mixed Martial Arts fighter, Conor McGregor (AKA the slightly taller, arrogant, trash-talking ginger)
So much trash talking happened that Floyd talked his way out of retirement, and McGregor, out of his own sport.
Money $ Money $ and more Money $
August 26th Match was formed
So the reason why McGregor will not win is because I guarantee you this competition is done solely for the payouts! We can clearly see that Floyd is about his greenback, with an allegedly estimated $100 million guarantee, while Conor’s rumored to pocket $30 million.
Although money motivates many, it isn’t the only reason why I believe the Irishman will not be victorious.
Put your thinking hats on for a moment…
If McGregor, an experienced MMA fighter, comes over and dethrones one of American history’s most successful boxers, the sports world would lose their minds! Not just from the initial shock that Mayweather would no longer have a perfect score card, but because that would be the beginning of a new dynamic to everything combative sport related!
Sounds like one hell of a bragging right for McGregor fans, but I’m almost certain the American Boxing Association (ABA) and any other affiliate DO NOT want to diminish reputations and change the game for ever. There are reasons why there are different fighting leagues to begin with!
Can you imagine that though? Just think about what doors that could potentially open AND close under the combative sports umbrella.
If McGregor wins, which again, I seriously doubt, it will shift A LOT around for combat sports from here on out.
We aren’t ready for all that.
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I have made a point to keep an eye on my Eagles, since I left campus in 2013. I try to keep an unbiased perspective on the team’s performance, so I will say this…Since the Eagles moved into the Sun Belt Conference, they have really struggled to keep that strong, southern momentum that made them great years ago. So what happened? Could it have been Monken’s move to GA Tech? Losing key players, like McKinnon and Wilcox ,to the NFL? Could be a number of factors, to be honest.
BUT let me tell you what I see, and have always seen since my football editor days. I see a football program who has failed to fix their weaknesses behind the ball. The main weakness is at the lead position, quarterback!
Don’t get me wrong, the quarterbacks themselves aren’t the problem, maybe, but offense definitely needs to migrate to a more passing offense. It’s always been a “Georgia Southern Characteristic” to have a strong rushing offense. That’s all fine and dandy, but without having a well balanced offense, the Eagles and their football program, unfortunately, won’t get too far.
Game ending stats weren’t of my surprise. It was actually a dead giveaway to why the Eagles took home the “L” and should have sent a CLEAR message to the entire football program. Take a look and tell me what you see.
The Eagles have always used the option run and scouted talented runners, but what they need is to develop a much stronger passing game. How else will they dominate their division and tackle more challenging schools? (no pun intended)