Ball Is Life: Isaiah Moss


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Meet my coworker’s little brother, Isaiah Moss. The former star from Simeon High School in Chicago, has committed to the Iowa Hawkeyes. Knowing the Big Ten well, I say Iowa got immediate help.
Moss has a smooth, fundamentally sound game. He can attack the basket, pull up from anywhere, dish out some dimes, with a polished ball handling ability. The 6-6 guard can also lock it down on the defensive end, giving him the ability to play the 3 as well. Check out his highlight reel below!

Simeon’s Isaiah Moss was Breakout Player of the Summer! Athletic 6’6 Wing Mixtape

Simeon, a powerhouse school for basketball in the Windy City, has produced NBA players over the years such as Nick Anderson, Bobby Simmons, NBA star Derrick Rose, and upcoming star Jabari Parker.

I have always been a fan of the Big Ten, but this just added additional excitement for conference basketball. I’ll be following his career and looking forward to what’s next for this young man. I wish him nothing but the best!

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Check out Isaiah Moss

JGood

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The Catch
The Catch

So this is my first time actually going in depth and predetermine what the NFL season would look like. I took into account of current suspensions, injury, new offenses, players tendencies, injury histories, players for a contract, and other factors. I don’t expect everybody to agree with what I came up with. I would love to hear what you all have to say one way or another.

Using this NFL schedule:

NFL Schedule
NFL Schedule

I took educated guesses and assumptions on which teams would win and lose which games. With that being said let’s begin!!

AFC North

Cleveland has very FEW bright spots on their roster. With that being said, I
don’t expect much out of them this year,
but the future is bright… nevertheless,
Johnny Football or no Johnny Football, the Browns are the Browns.

This division race comes down to Pittsburgh and Cincinnati.
Baltimore’s signature defense doesn’t seem that dominate anymore. Losing
Halota Ngata basically disqualified them from the conversation.

Joe Flacco is in the same boat with Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford,
and Andy Dalton when it comes to QBs that you can’t figure out.  In the postseason, he’s brilliant, phenomenal, elite-­esque…
but then there’s the regular season  where he turns into “Where’s Waldo”.

Cincy has the same problem with Andy Dalton. In the regular season,
he is above-­average and won’t really lose you a game.
When the lights shine the brightest,
you can typically find him on the back of a milk carton.

As for the Steelers, they have the offensive artillery to make a deep run.
If their younger defense becomes respectable,  you’ll see them playing in February.

AFC South

Indianapolis SHOULD run away with this division easily.
They are Superbowl ready. Each year, Andrew Luck has led his team
further into the playoffs and if the path continues, guess where he’ll be at.
If they solved their achilles heel of the run defense,
more times than not they’ll be Superbowl bound.

The loss of Arian Foster forfeited their chances of making a playoff run.
Their offense isn’t potent by any means. I slightly feel bad because
they arguably have the best defensive front 4 in football.
Jacksonville and Tennessee have some growing pains to go  through but their futures are starting to look enjoyable.

AFC East

DISCLAIMER: The Patriots would probably have 3
more wins IF number 12 wasn’t suspended.  With that being said,
I still have New England winning the division (BARELY!!)
The defenses in  this division are equivalent to the NFC West
(and you know what that means). I have New England coming out the gate
1-­3 because life without Tom Brady.

Also, Miami, NYJ, and Buffalo ALL have gotten better.
Don’t be surprised if it comes down to the final 2 weeks.
More  importantly, if New England misses a beat once
Tom Brady comes back, you might see a new
division for the first time since 2008.

AFC West

Show of hands, how many of you think the Broncos are done??
(Quite a few right). Now, how many of you think the other teams
in the division are better than the Broncos?? (Not too many hands).
As long as number 18 is under center, they are ALWAYS relevant.
With the new  offensive, Peyton won’t have to throw 40 to 50 times a game,
meaning, his lives to fight another day.

ALSO I can bet quite a penny that a Kansas City receiver will find
the end zone this year AND it will be multiple times.
Jeremy Maclin biggest fan is probably Jamaal Charles and should be.

Philip Rivers got paid and I feel like they are stuck in no man’s land.
They aren’t good enough to make a deep run in the playoffs,
but aren’t bad enough to get a high draft pick.
Maybe Google Maps can find a better address for them than me.

Then there’s Oakland. At least they actually have a bright future this time.
Amari Cooper will be an elite WR in the next 3 years.

NFC North

This division arguably has the best QB, RB, and WR
AND none of them play for my Bears. I was optimistic about
my team competing for a wild card spot, but after hearing
the recent news about Kevin White…. (crickets)…. yeah that happened.
I’m still going to support them every down like I always do,
but I won’t get my hopes high.

This division has to play the AFC West and the NFC  West
(let the odds be ever in your favor). Minnesota has a decent team
but they will fall victim to the schedule. The Lions, well, there are
equivalent to that one kid in your class who’s full of potential, but
something unfortunate happens and doesn’t become as great as they should.  Green Bay will win this division again (Boooooo!!!!),
but they are the cream of the crop. The only thing stopping from
Superbowl 50 is that city that has sunlight like 40 times a year because of
the rain.

NFC South

The highlight of the 2015 season for Tampa Bay is… The NFL Draft.
New Orleans might be the most inconsistent team of this season.
I still can’t figure them out BUT I did figure out that they
more than likely won’t be playing in January.

I got Carolina winning the division but that might all depend how well
Atlanta plays on the road this year. They have always been a superior team at  the Georgia Dome but outside of the peach state, there’s nothing peachy.
I want Cam Newton to take that next step into superstar status,
and he has the spotlight to do it this year. If their defense shows any signs of
what it was 2 years ago, things can get scary for the NFC.

NFC East 

Round of applause for RG3 being the best QB (pin drops).
This division will be interesting. So the lack of moves made by Dallas,
plus the rambunctious moves by Philly, plus the very few moves by NYG
has made this division compelling. If Dallas found a way to keep
DeMarco Murray with the current roster,
they would win the division without question.

Adding Sam  Bradford, Tim Tebow, Murray gives you curiosity but uncertainty.
The reason I’m giving the G-­Men this much credit is because
this has an “Eli type” of year written all over it. Eli Manning is  entering a contract year, Victor Cruz is coming back,
they added Shane Vereen, and everybody knows ODB Jr.
This SHOULD come down to the final week or 2.

NFC West 

Let’s get this out the way: The 49’ers are done (this year at least).
Secondly, I expect St. Louis to be a contender for the wild card.
They actually have a starting QB that plays more than 5 games a year.
Arizona with a healthy Carson Palmer is a team you can’t ignore.
Actually, they are my dark horse in the conference (pending Palmer’s health).

And what can you say about Seattle?? Back to back Superbowl appearances,
keeps practically the same team, and just added Jimmy Graham (no big deal).
They are the clear cut favorite to return for a 3rd straight  appearance.

Standings
Standings

Green – Division Winners
Yellow – Wild Card

AFC  1. PIT  2. DEN  3. IND  4. NE  5. CIN  6. SD

NFC  1. SEA  2. GB  3. CAR  4. DAL  5. ARI  6. ATL

I have CAR, DAL, IND, and NE advancing to the Divisional Round.

From there I have SEA beating DAL; GB beating CAR; PIT beating NE; IND beating DEN

Superbowl Prediction  SEA vs IND

Superbowl Winner  SEA

Until further notice, I feel like Seattle is the best team in football. I hope this season proves me wrong and somebody else takes the throne. That’s why “you play to win the game”.

PLEASE leave your comments and thoughts below.

JGood

You Know Why I’m Here


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Those of you that know me know exactly why I am here and are probably wondering what took me so long… and for those of you who don’t know why I’m here, I’ll be glad to explain.

People usually remember their first day of school, first kiss, first time riding a bike and even their first love. Sports is my first love every since I can remember… watching Jordan and the 96 Bulls team or Kerry Wood 20 strikeouts in 98 or Slamming Sammy Sosa or even watching Brett Favre, Berry Sanders, and Randy Moss torch the Chicago Bears (sad times). My passion was inherited from my father. He was an advocate for the Bulls, Bears, and White Sox. In my eyes, sports are one of the few things on this world that bring people peace for a few seconds to a couple of hours. Whatever you’re stressing over or having conflicts with can be negated for those moments.

I just turned 27, working full time in downtown Chicago and also working part time at the fitness center of the University where I graduated from back in 2013. Besides watching or participating in sports, I’m usually on my xbox, watching Netflix, educating myself in some way, or doing something adventurous with my girlfriend (i.e. at Sky Zone).

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Over the years, my knowledge for sports expanded like DLC for Call of Duty. After familiarizing my self with the history of basketball, football, and baseball, I welcomed hockey, soccer, NASCAR, and others. At this point, I’m pretty much well rounded with enough knowledge in each to be respectable.

My friends will tell you that ESPN is my favorite channel, website, brand and company. Working for ESPN has been a dream of mine since I was introduced to cable as a kid watching the late great Stuart Scott. I’ve always wanted to Stump the Schwab, report breaking news like Mark Stein and Adam Schefter, or just debate like Skip Bayless and Stephen A Smith. Working for ESPN would be a dream come true.

I have unwritten accolades about this and I want to share what I have with the world. My love for sports has made me part of who I am today and I live it.

Feel free to leave questions or comments about topics I should elaborate on. I will be posting my preview for the NFL season in a day or two so stay tuned!

JGood