College Football 2017: Early Predictions


It has been almost three months since the epic ending to the College Football Playoff National Champion Game where the Clemson Tigers defeated the Alabama Crimson Tide 35-31. Since then, schools have finished up their recruiting classes, the NFL Combine has come and gone (with the NFL draft taking place at the end of April), and Jim Harbaugh has upgraded his classic khaki pants to Lululemon pants.

Tide Keeps Rolling

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Despite the heartbreaking loss in the national spotlight and losing key players such as Johnathan Allen and Reuben Foster, the Alabama Crimson remain favorites to win the National Championship next season. Nick Saban will bounce back with the top recruiting class in 2017. Saban has built a powerhouse over the past decade at Alabama, and the odds are “ever in his favor” to reclaim the crown.

Michigan Will Meet Bama

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If the upgraded pants for Jim Harbaugh wasn’t enough to sway your opinion, Harbaugh’s recruiting should get your attention. According to Campus Insiders, the Michigan Wolverines have the 3rd best recruiting class entering next season. Harbaugh’s ability to use Satellite Camps in states like Georgia and Florida, along with is outspoken personality has helped turned this school back into the powerhouse of the early to mid 90’s. I believe the Wolverines will get over the hump and will face Alabama in the National Championship.

Back To Back

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As a sophomore, Lamar Jackson ran away with the Heisman Trophy last season (3,543 passing yards, 30 passing TD’s, 9 INT, 1,571 rushing yards, 21 rushing yards). Louisville was in the playoff hunt for most of the season because of the play of their star quarterback. I believe a win against either Clemson or Houston, the Cardinals would’ve replaced Washington in the top 4. With another year of experience in the spotlight, Jackson is the favorite to repeat to hoist the Heisman.

JGOOD

March Madness Contest 2017


We’re already in March, but it feels like the new year just started. Now that we’re past the Super Bowl, NBA All-Star Weekend, GRAMMY Awards, and the Oscars, we can turn our attention to March Madness. Last year, I had a contest for the best bracket and the winner received a $25 Amazon Gift Card and a JGoodWithSports “March Madness” themed t-shirt. I haven’t decided on the prizes yet for this year, but the value will be more.
Here are the rules:

  • FREE ENTRY
  • I will create a private group on ESPN once the bracket entries are open.
  • One entry per person.
  • You have to be a follower. If you’re NOT a blogger, CLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE (make sure you check your email to verify the subscription).
  • Once you become a follower, send me an email with the subject “March Madness” at jgoodwithsports@gmail.com with your name. Once I receive your email, I will send you an invite to fill out your bracket. Password is “jgood”.

If you have any questions, feel free to comment or send me an email.

Good luck!

JGOOD

Road To Houston: Final Four


What a tournament so far! My bracket was sabotaged when Michigan State went down (I’m sure I’m not the only one who went down with me). There were quite a few upsets that left us in awe and disbelief.

CLICK HERE FOR HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE FIRST WEEKEND

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North Carolina has played to their potential and are the clear favorites to win it all. Marcus Paige and Brice Johnson is making it look easy.

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Villanova has surprised me this year even though they were a 2 seed. This is their second final four appearance since 1985. In their recent history, Villanova usually chokes and disappoints (similar to Georgetown). Beating Kansas was the definite eye-opener.

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Syracuse is the ultimate shocker right now. They went from a team that didn’t even belong in the tournament to pulling off improbable wins to reach the final four (like being down 16 to Virginia). That 2-3 zone has bent but hasn’t broken.

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Buddy Hield is a monster and has taken the tournament by storm. I originally picked Oklahoma to get to the NCAA Championship game and they are poised to do so.

At this point I’m hoping for a stunning finish to cap off this amazing March Madness season.

JGOOD

March Madness: Sleepers and Bust


It’s that time of year again! Selection Sunday is 2 weeks away and then the bracket mayhem will begin! There’s no true dominant team this year so it’s really hard to predict a perfect bracket, yet alone a winner. My friend Quad helped me again determine which teams could be the next Cinderella and such teams could be one and done like half of the NBA prospects. Just a reminder, I am hosting a bracket pool and there will be prizes (stay tuned for details in the near future). Here’s what you need to know:

Sleepers:

  1. Xavier 25-4 (13-4), RPI 6

    They have a lot of great talent on this team and can compete with the best of them. Don’t be surprised if they make a run.
  2. Miami (The U) 23-5 (12-4), RPI 7

    The Hurricanes are very dangerous and in the midst of competing for the ACC Championship. They can beat a lot of great teams and are posed to make a run.
  3. San Diego State 19-8 (14-2), RPI 59

    This team has been in the tourney the past few years. They’ve shown to have plenty of talent (Kawhi Leonard) over the years to make a run. Expect them do follow suit.
  4. Chattanooga 26-5 (15-3), RPI 62

    They have beaten Georgia, Dayton, and Illinois. This team can hang with any team because of their tenacious defense. If they are in sync, they will turn a few heads.
  5. University of Arkansas-Little Rock (UALR) 24-3 (16-2), RPI 36

    The Trojans can play with anybody as long as they play at their pace (average 19 seconds per possession) and their defense ranks in the upper echelon.
  6. Valparaiso 24-5 (16-2), RPI 42

    Alec Peters is a mismatch for anybody. He is shooting 45.4 percent from the arc. Watch out for them.
  7. Monmouth 25-6 (17-3), RPI 53

    This team has the best bench in college basketball. They have beaten UCLA, Notre Dame and Georgetown. They won’t be an easy out.

Bust:

  1. Duke 21-8 (10-6), RPI 12

    The Blue Devils will most likely be upset because of lack of depth, injuries, and foul trouble.
  2. Maryland 22-6 (11-5), RPI 10

    The play of Melo Trimble has been terrible in the past month or so. If his play continues, they will be joining a couch right next to you.
  3. Texas A&M 22-7 (11-5), RPI 21

    The lack of competition that they played on their schedule may come back to haunt them.
  4. Oregon 22-6 (12-4), RPI 4

    I don’t think they have enough fire power to compete, plain and simple.
  5. North Carolina 24-6 (13-4), RPI 9

    At the beggining of the season, the Tar Heels looked like the team to beat. However, Marcus Paige hasn’t been playing up to expectations. Brice Johnson has been winning the games for the Tar Heels but can he keep it up?
  6. Iowa 20-8 (11-5), RPI 22

    The Hawkeyes have a great team but since the Big Ten conference games have started, they have started to become inconsistent. This team has suffered some bad losses to some unimpressive opponents.
  7. Oklahoma 22-6 (10-6), RPI 6

    Buddy Hield will be a lottery pick in this upcoming NBA draft. He has lead the Sooners to some impressive wins but a one-man show usually doesn’t equal a National Championship Title.

 

JGOOD

 

NCAA Men’s Basketball: Players To Watch


March Madness isn’t here, but this post should give you a heads up on that star players to keep an eye on. So, I asked my bro Quad to come up with a list of players who everyone should keep an eye out for this NCAA Men’s Basketball season. He provided me with players who are at the top of each position, and I completely agree with the names given below. Here’s the list of players to keep tabs with:

Kris Dunn, PG, Junior, Providence

Marcus Paige, PG, Senior, North Carolina

Melo Trimble, PG, Sophomore, Maryland

Denzel Valentine, SG, Senior, Michigan State

Jamal Murray, SG, Freshman, Kentucky

Malik Newman, SG, Freshman, Miss. State

Ron Baker, SG, Senior, Wichita State

Jaylen Brown , SF, Freshman, Cal

Brandon Ingram, SF, Freshman, Duke

Buddy Hield, SF, Senior, Oklahoma

Ben Simmons, PF, Freshman, LSU

Georges Niang, PF, Senior, Iowa State

Ivan Rabb, PF, Freshman, Cal

Skal Labissiere, C, Freshman, Kentucky

Jakob Poeltl, C, Sophomore, Utah

Domantas Sabonis, C, Sophomore, Gonzaga

What I’m Thankful For


I want to say Happy Thanksgiving to everybody. I hope everyone will have a chance to spend the holiday with their love ones. I am thankful for job, a roof over my head, and the people in my life. ALSO, there are other (sports related) reasons to be thankful for:’

Jay Cutler and Aaron Rodgers

 

Three games including watching my Chicago Bears play while stuffing my face!

John Fox

John Fox
Speaking of the Chicago Bears, I’m grateful for him being our head coach.

2002 West Conference All Stars

Ending NBA Era
This may be the last time we’ll be able to watch Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, and Kevin Garnett so enjoy it.

Paul George

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The return of a Healthy Paul George!

Chicago Blackhawks and Cubs at Wrigley Field

Blackhawks and Cubs
I’m glad to see for the Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup for the 3rd time in 6 years. Also, I’m glad the Cubs are relevant again. It’s good for the sport of baseball.

Stephen Curry and The Golden State Warriors

Stephen Curry/Golden State
The reigning MVP and the Warriors have proven that the underdogs can get it done.

Ronda Rousey

Ronda Rousey Losing
She’s still the best but seeing her being human for once gives hope to others.

Creed

Creed
I’m a huge fan of the Rocky Movie Series. Creed looks like it’s going to be worth every penny.

Ben Simmons, LSU

College Basketball
Post about this is coming to a blog near you!

 

 

 

 

Top 5 NFL Bust Since 2005


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There has been some superstar talent that has come into the NFL since 2005 such as Adrian Peterson, Richard Sherman, Andrew Luck, Julio Jones, and JJ Watt. However, on the other end of the spectrum is a few players who just flat-out didn’t live up to expectations. Whatever is may be health, off the field issues, or just bad play, they have ended up being a BUST. I’ve made my own top 5 over the past decade. Here’s my honorable mentioned list:

Blaine Gabbert (Mizzou 2011)

Glenn Dorsey (LSU 2008)

Gaines Adams (Clemson 2007)

Christian Ponder (Florida State 2011)

Jimmy Clausen (Notre Dame 2010)

Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland 2009)

Robert Griffin III!?!? (Baylor 2012)

Now for my top 5:

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5. Vince Young (Texas 2006)
The former college football national championship star was the 3rd overall pick of the 2006 class to the Tennessee Titans. Young won rookie of the year and was named to the Pro Bowl. The next 2 seasons were pedestrian. After regaining his starting job (team started 0-6), Vince Young led the Titans them to 8 out of 10 wins. Bad play and immaturity led him to be of the most disappointing players in the past decade.

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4. Matt Leinart (USC 2006)
The former Heisman Trophy winner was supposed to be the face of the Arizona Cardinals franchise with the 10th pick of the draft. Instead, he became apart of the infamous list of USC quarterbacks who doesn’t live up to expectations (Carson Palmer, Mark Sanchez, John David Booty, and soon to be Matt Barkley). Sprained shoulder injury and a broken clavicle in his first two seasons led the way for Kurt Warner. Leinart’s time in the NFL has been dim ever since.

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3. Troy Williamson (South Carolina 2005)
After trading Randy Moss to Oakland, the Minnesota Vikings drafted Troy Williamson with the 7th overall selection to be the next deep threat for Daunte Culpepper. However, he wasn’t anywhere close of being a threat. In 3 seasons with the Vikings, he caught 79 passes for 1,074 yards with 3 touchdowns. His inability to catch ball caused him to receive limited playing time. He blamed is depth perception for dropping passes.

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2. Trent Richardson (Alabama 2012)
Arguably the best running back entering the draft, he destroyed defenses with his powerful style of running, deceptive agility, and lateral quickness. The Cleveland Browns selected Trent Richardson with the 3rd overall pick. Unfortunately, Richardson wasn’t able to impact again because of lack of ball carrying vision. He saw limited playing time once he was traded to the Indianapolis Colts. He was recently cut by the Oakland Raiders. Former Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark labeled Trent as the “worst running back of all time” (OUCH).

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1. JaMarcus Russell (LSU 2007)
And then there’s… (drum roll)… JaMarcus Russell!!! He had one of the strongest arms you would ever see, allegedly throwing 60 yards on his knees. But the number 1 overall pick by the Oakland Raiders was doomed from the start when he elected to hold out his rookie year for a lucrative deal. He didn’t sign his deal until September. The combination of different head coaches and offensive coordinators, inability to make the right reads, and off the field issues (codeine syrup) led to his ultimate downfall of being labeled arguably the biggest bust in NFL history.

 

JGood