NFL

Rex Ryan fired by Bills

Yesterday, Rex Ryan became the third head coach to be handed a pink slip after just two seasons as the Buffalo head coach. Although I wasn’t in love with the hire when it happened, I think Buffalo had a pretty quick hook for Ryan especially in the division led by Tom Brady and Bill Belichick. The Buffalo Bills organization is about as unstable as it can get they will be on the 10th head coach in 17 years. It looks like it will be a long road back to contention for the bills as they have more questions than answers especially at the quarterback position.

I think Rex Ryan’s undoing started when he hired his brother Rob Ryan as assistant coach and defensive coordinator because the last two places Rob has coached he has led two of the worst defenses in recent memory while with the Saints and Cowboys. Not only that, it the team fired offensive coordinator Greg Roman after just four weeks he was one of the highest-paid assistants in the league.

This shows Ryan didn’t surround himself with the right coaching staff to get the most out of his players. Also, there were a lot of big personalities that one in their opinion known, especially on the defensive side of the ball causing tension between the defense and coaches. As one player put it there were too many cooks in the kitchen and Ryan had lost that part of the locker room. That’s really bad considering Ryan’s forte was defense as a coach, but somehow during his tenure, they went from leading the league in sacks to the bottom of the barrel in the NFL.

Lastly, Ryan and the GM Doug Whaley had a rocky relationship and weren’t on the same page at the quarterback position. This would definitely the last straw for Whaley and the Bills ultimately decided to move on. The team has decided to bench starter Tyrod Taylor to avoid a significant injury because if that were to occur the team will owe Taylor 30.5 million in guaranteed money. I agree with this decision because as I said the GM was very noncommittal about Taylor as the teams’ long-term solution at quarterback.

The only sure thing on the Buffalo Bills as they stand currently is running back Lesean Mccoy, but has struggled with multiple injuries in his career and while in Buffalo. Other than that, what the 2017 bills will look like is up in the air because they’ve yet to establish an identity that every team needs to succeed in the NFL.

The one thing I do like is it has been reported that interim head coach Anthony Lynn is the leading candidate to become the permanent head coach, I like this because you’re hiring from within and it seems like the offense has gotten better since he’s taken over so they won’t have to learn a completely new scheme if he does get hired permanently. The Buffalo Bills have a lot figure out if they want to contend anytime soon. They made Rex Ryan the scapegoat now what is their next move?

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This Year in Sports: Year of Firsts

As 2016 winds down the time where we all reflect on the year the good the bad and what we can improve on in the years to come. There is one thing I think we can all agree on sports got back to being great again there was not a scandal that distracted us from the game being played! It once again became the great escape that we all need at one time or another every year.

The best part of this year and sports was the fact that championship starved teams and cities finally got to celebrate. The Chicago Cubs, the Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Coastal Carolina Chanticleer’s become the sports darlings of 2016, it was fun to see these teams finally break their long title droughts.

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The longest sports drought in history was finally put to bed after 108 years the Chicago Cubs have reached the mountaintop as World Series champions. They did it in style coming back from a 3-1 deficit and being part of the most-watched baseball game and 25 years. It’s one of those sporting event you are going to remember exactly where you were when the Cubs broke the curse.

Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, and Joe Madden will probably have children named after them because they were able to band together and make a champion out of what was previously the laughingstock of baseball. It’s absolutely amazing the transformation this team underwent in such a short period of time to reach this point.

First of all, they were able to take advantage of multiple high draft picks when the selected this year’s MVP Kris Bryant’s second overall in the 2013 draft, Kyle Schwarber fourth overall in the 2014 draft. Schwarber remarkably came back from a torn ACL the third game of the season and became the biggest X factor of the World Series. He started the rally that ultimately claimed the World Series for the Cubs. Lastly, they selected second baseman Javier Baez ninth overall in the 2011 draft. He had multiple clutch hits and home runs not to mention his gold glove defense and tagging ability.

It’s one thing to get the high draft picks it’s another thing to pick the right guy and to say the least the Chicago Cubs have hit the jackpot on their last few selections. They have also orchestrated keen trades that have helped the team reach this point. The biggest trade was when they swindled second baseman Addison Russell away from the Oakland A’s in July 2014. Russell has turned into a young stud and a part of the young nucleus that Theo Epstein has pieced together.

To all the other rebuilding teams in baseball it will be smart to take a page from the Cubs playbook because 2016 looks like the beginning of a dynasty out in the Windy City. They are poised to become one and more annoying teams in baseball because of all the winning they are going to do for years to come!

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Cleveland Cavaliers

LeBron James fulfilled his promise to the city of Cleveland as they overcame 3-1 deficit against the record-breaking Gold State Warriors. This was a heck of a way to break through considering Cleveland professional sports hasn’t been celebrated since Jim Brown donned a Browns uniform that’s saying a lot.

The road to the championship was a bit tumultuous not just because they were the first team in NBA history to overcome 3-1 deficit as I said, but they also fired their head coach David Blatt midseason and had to implement an entire new offensive scheme that was much faster and it took time to get used to. They also played the majority of the season without All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving, who was recovering from knee surgery.

It was a year full of obstacles, but lucky for they had Cleveland’s favorite son LeBron James to lead them to victory. He did everything and more averaging 27.1 points per game, 7.6 assists per game, and 9.5 rebounds per game. He put his team, the city, and his legacy on his back and brought that elusive title back to Cleveland.

This title could potentially open up the floodgates for Cleveland as they are once again the best team in the Eastern conference and last time I checked still have LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, who has quickly become a Golden State warrior killer, which bodes well for the team’s success in the future. This season title might have been the first since 1964, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we’re sick and tired of congratulating them in the near future because both the Cavaliers and Indians are poised for many playoff runs in the years to come.

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Coastal Carolina 

The championship  that came out of nowhere from the unlikeliest of places as Coastal Carolina shocked the college baseball world as they won their first championship in program history. It’s something all sports fans root for a magical Cinderella run that will be remembered forever and everyone on that team will be coastal Carolina royalty forever. They brought this small school a taste of glory that will last a lifetime.

This also proves that anything can happen as long as you get in the tournament Coastal Carolina entered the tournament as a fifth seed and a virtual afterthought. Despite that, they played their game and took advantage of every opportunity and misstep by their opponents and turned it into a national championship that will give hope to all small schools no matter what position they are in.

I would be remiss if I didn’t mention head coach Gary Gilmore and his long journey with this university. Gilmore joined the coastal Carolina staff way back in 1979 and has held the head coaching position since 1996. I love these stories of passion and love Gilmore has shown to this university  and all the lives he touched and lesson he’s passed on during his tenure is worth  much more than this championship. That being said,it’s awesome to see Gilmore and his players experience a dream come true and reach  the mountaintop. I hope to see other small schools follow suit and crash the party in years to come.

Conclusion

This is what sports all about no one game no one season are the same anything can happen, underdogs rise, dynasties are born, and celebrations happen in unexpected places that is what 2016 has brought us. I hope that continues in the seasons to come because it just makes it a whole lot more fun to be a sports fan. Bring it on 2017!!!

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