Tourney Contest 2018

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 gave away multiple prizes. This year, it will be at least a $25 Amazon Gift Card and the possibility of more prizes is legit so stay tuned! Make sure you slam dunk your entry into the contest like Jordan Davis from North Colorado did to lock his team into the tournament:

Here are the rules:

  • 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 or scroll below. (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 with your name. Once I receive your email, I will send you an invite to fill out your bracket.

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

Good luck!


Becoming The Bar

In life, it’s easier to fail than it is to succeed. In sports, it’s easier to lose than it is to win. You have to have talent, skills, chemistry, motivation and willing to put the team first. Dominance is not achieved by accident. Consistency doesn’t happen overnight. Gregg Popovich and Bill Belichick have set the bar in their respective sports for almost the past 2 decades.


There are plenty of similarities between the two in my eyes. Both have won 5 championships as head coaches (Popovich: 1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014. Belichick: 2002, 2004, 2005, 2015, 2017). Each coach has had a transcending and iconic player during their championship runs (Popovich: Tim Duncan. Belichick: Tom Brady). Both coaches have established a culture to where it’s about the name on the front of the jersey instead of the back. When it comes to the media, both of them have had unique responses to questions asked.


Even with the success, both have had their share of scrutiny. Popovich has been criticized for being “short” with his answers to questions about basketball. However, he’s opinionated about questions outside of the sport, like politics and social issues. Personally, I don’t have a problem with it because life is bigger than the NBA, but I understand the frustration of the media at times. Belichick and the New England Patriots were under fire for “Spygate” and “Deflategate”. Spygate occurred in 2007 when the team was caught filming the New York Jets play-call signals. Deflategate happened in 2015 against the Indianapolis Colts during the AFC Championship game where the Patriots were accused of having slightly underinflated footballs.

What I do appreciate the most about both coaches is their consistency over the years. Since the NBA lockout shortened-season in 1999, the San Antonio Spurs have won a least 50 games each season and are on pace to extend the streak this season. The Spurs have been able to demonstrate their winning culture with different players over the years. It started with the “Twin Tower” era with David Robinson and Tim Duncan. Then it changed to the Duncan, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili era. Now Kawhi Leonard is the face of the franchise with LaMarcus Aldridge next to him. The common denominator has been Gregg Popovich and his ability to adjust his coaching with the personnel around him.

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Since becoming the head coach in 2000 for the New England Patriots, Bill Belichick has won 15 division titles and has won at least 10 games since 2003. Like the San Antonio Spurs, the Patriots have been able to continue their winning culture by plugging in players around Tom Brady that fits the system. Brady went from having Troy Brown as his favorite target to Deion Branch, Randy Moss, Wes Welker, Rob Gronkowski, and Julian Edelman.

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When you set the bar for excellence, you eventually become the bar. Gregg Popovich and Bill Belichick have done just that. With respect to Red Auerbach, Phil Jackson, and Pat Riley, I believe Gregg Popovich is the greatest coach in NBA history. I firmly believe the same for Bill Belichick in the NFL. You don’t have to be a fan of either, but you have to respect their greatness to keep this longevity of excellence up for almost 20 years.


The Big Fundamental

Tim Duncan is one of the last NBA players to have played when Michael Jordan was still on the Chicago Bulls. With his retirement, the San Antonio Spurs won’t be the same. His legacy comes second to only a handful, and can definitely make a case to be in “the conversation” for THE GREATEST (particularly at his position). 

In his 19 seasons in the NBA, Duncan has never missed the playoffs. He’s won 5 NBA Titles (1999, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014), 3-time NBA Finals MVP, 2-time league MVP, 15-time all star and is the master at shooting the ball off the glass. He’s definitely a top 10 player of all-time and can make a case for top 5 in my eyes.

Where do you rank Tim Duncan all-time?

How is his legacy compared to Kobe Bryant?

Compared to Shaq?

Will anybody that’s currently in the NBA be able to surpass his greatness at the Power Forward position?

How will you remember Tim Duncan now that his career is over?


NBA Preview Part 4: Southwest Division

Southwest Division

Dallas Mavericks
Key Additions: Wesley Matthews, Justin Anderson, Zaza Pachulia, JaVale Mcgee, John Jenkins
Key Subtractions: Monte Ellis, Tyson Chandler, Al-Farouq Aminu, Jameer Nelson, Rajon Rondo
Outlook: The Dallas Mavericks have continued to strike out in free agency when it comes to big name stars. That whole DeAndre Jordan situation was foul but slightly embarrassing. How much better did Dallas really get by adding Deron Williams and Wesley Matthews but losing Tyson Chandler and Monte Ellis? Honestly, Mark Cuban and that front office has to do better if they really want Dirk Nowitzki to make a run at another ring. They may be slightly better, slightly worse, or the same. Either way, they are not a real contender in a stacked Western Conference… not right now at least.

Houston Rockets
Key Additions: Ty Lawson, Sam Dekker, Marcus Thornton, Montrezl Harrell
Key Subtractions: Josh Smith, Nick Johnson, Joey Dorsey, Kostas Papanikolaou
Outlook:  This offseason James Harden requested that they find a point guard that could facilitate the offense, and ultimately take pressure off of him. The Houston Rockets found Ty Lawson. With that being said (and like the same question I asked about Dallas), how much better did the Rockets get? If this was the Eastern Conference, they would be favorite to go to the NBA Finals. James Harden led them to the Western Conference Finals with Dwight Howard on the shelf for a good amount of time. But seriously, are they good enough to be Golden State, San Antonio, LA Clippers, or Oklahoma City? We’ll find out if they are as seriously as a lot of people are making them out to be.

Memphis Grizzlies
Key Additions: Brandon Wright, Matt Barnes, Jarell Martin
Key Subtractions: Kostas Koufos, Nick Calathes
Outlook: Probably the one team that nobody wants to play in a 7 game series when completely healthy. They have perimeter defenders, paint protectors, scorers on the low block and a formidable sixth man. The only thing missing from this masterpiece is a consistent perimeter scorer. Matt Barnes isn’t that guy but he adds depth and another feisty defender. Can Jeff Green evolve his game to the next level and become that missing link? Their window is closing so it’s almost now or never for this team who plays in the toughest division in the league.

New Orleans Pelicans
Key Additions: Kendrick Perkins, Alonzo Gee
Key Subtractions: Toney Douglas, Jimmer Fredette
Outlook: I view Anthony Davis as this generation’s Kevin Garnett. His post game is not on par with KG’s but his impact on the court is definitely comparable. He can do it all (Inside, outside, rebound, pass, block, steals, etc). The only thing left is to elevate the post game, become more consistent from the outside and rack up some NBA hardware. This team will either continue to hover around the 8th spot  or climb up the latter to around a 5th seed. A healthy New Orleans Pelicans will turn a few heads this season but it is Anthony Davis or bust.

San Antonio Spurs
Key Additions: LaMarcus Aldridge, David West, Ray McCallum, Jonathan Simmons, Boban Marjanovic
Key Subtractions: Tiago Splitter, Cory Joseph, Aron Baynes, Marco Belinelli
Outlook: How often have we said that Spurs were done heading into the season because of old age (I’ll wait while you count)? To end that thought process, the San Antonio Spurs resigned Kawhi Leonard and lured in LaMarcus Aldridge and David West. The team still has it’s long established future hall of fame core as well. When this team is healthy and in rhythm, there’s no other team that’s better overall. They have the talent, the depth, the coaching, and the experience to win another title. Don’t be surprised if Tim Duncan wins ring number 6.