Formula One racing is the pinnacle of motorsports. The best drivers in the world drive the fastest cars on the most alluring race tracks all for a spot at the top of the podium. Add a great rivalry to the mix and the level of excitement and controversy of the sport goes up 100 percent.
Let’s take a look at two of the greatest rivalries in F1 history.
Lauda vs. Hunt
In the late ‘60s to early ‘70s, two F1 drivers emerged at the top of the mountain who were the exact opposites of each other. Niki Lauda was a calm, cold, calculating driver who was as efficient as any driver before or since. James Hunt was volatile, entertaining, and outspoken. They were the best at their time, and Lauda had the upper hand until he was scarred for life in a horrific in-race accident. Hunt won the championship that season. Lauda would win championships later on.
Senna vs. Prost
The joining of Ayrton Senna and Alain Prost in the same team could have been the greatest pairing if only it didn’t turn out to be (fortunately) the most bitter rivalry in F1 history. Prost was the veteran and Senna, the hot new sensation. Prost knew how to handle league politics, while Senna simply wanted to win. This clash of characters let to several incidents on the tracks. And while both had won championships, they only fostered a mutual dislike. However, when Senna died in one of the most high-profile tragedies in motorsports, Prost paid his respects at the funeral.
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Before the 2017 season began, only a few picked the Houston Astros to reach the World Series, let alone win the Major League Baseball title. Plenty did see the team clinching the American League West division, only to fall short in the playoffs.
The Astros, on the other hand, believed they could take on any team in a seven-game series, especially after acquiring several key players, including Brian McCann and Justin Verlander in the offseason. They also banked on the development of homegrown players, 2015 Cy Young awardee Dallas Keuchel, eventual 2017 American League MVP José Altuve, and 2017 World Series MVP George Springer.
With plenty of talent on the roster, some argued in the preseason that this was the strongest team Houston has ever fielded – even better than the 2005 team that reached the World Series.
Houston proved those claims right after recording 101 wins – the first time it topped the century mark and the third-best record in MLB, just behind Los Angeles Dodgers and Cleveland Indians.
In the playoffs, the Astros showed that they were as talented as they were gritty and determined. After defeating Boston Red Sox with relative ease in the American League Division Series, Houston had to grind it out in the American League Championship Series and the World Series, against New York Yankees and the Dodgers, respectively.
Both series went the full seven games and pushed the Astros to dig deep and grind it out to win the first World Series in the franchise’s 55-year history.
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Just recently, we saw a rodeo event on television. It was a bull riding competition, and it looked like the most intimidating thing we’ve ever seen. We often take for granted how much physical and mental preparation is needed to succeed in this sport. We took an instant fascination with the sport and began research of our own. Here are some of the basic facts about bull riding.
Bull rider gear: Pro bull riders apparently wear padded vests (a more than a wise idea), leather chaps, and spurs. Hats are good as well, but helmets are even better.
Bull rider training: Bull riders are physically strong – or at least physically strong enough to lift themselves up by their arms alone. They do a lot of HIIT to improve overall strength, and they practice with real bulls and horses to prepare for big events.
Bulls: Bulls in the rodeo are only allowed to travel 10 hours in a day. The rest of time they should be resting.
Rodeo Clowns: Rodeo clowns are there to make the people happy and keep the cowboys safe after being thrown off a bull.
The Ride: Cowboys use a bull rope when they ride the bull. There’s a cowbell and a rosin as well. Rides are eight seconds long. As soon as a rider lets go of the rope, or if he touches the ground, or if his free arm touches the bull, that’s it. The clock stops.
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Just two games into the 2017-18 season, the affectionately dubbed “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo has given the NBA a bunch of highlights, on his way to 37 and 34 points in Milwaukee games versus Boston and Cleveland.
In his third game of the season, Antetokounmpo scored a career-high 44, beating Portland with a steal and a dunk in the final minute, complemented by a last-second block. The internet was expectedly sent buzzing. Is the Greek Freak making a solid run for MVP? Through the Bucks’ first five games, Giannis has already posted a franchise-best total of 175 points, and is already an early candidate for the post-season award.
Giannis drastically improved his numbers in all major stat categories last year, earning him the NBA’s Most Improved Player award. He was also named a starter in the All-Star Game, Milwaukee’s first representative since Michael Redd from over a decade before.
At just 22 years old, Antetokounmpo is already posting record-breaking numbers. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, he is now the first player in NBA history to average 35 points, 10 rebounds, and five assists through the first five games of a season.
It’s clearly too early to tell for sure, as there are many solid candidates for MVP this year: from Harden and James to Durant, Leonard, and possibly Westbrook anew. But if Giannis continues his dominance on both the offensive and defensive end, then that MVP award is, so to speak, truly all Greek to me.
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The NBA off-season is about to end and we’ve seen a lot of interesting things happen since the opening week of the draft. Every GM, coach, and fan’s biggest fear is for a high draft pick that the management will lay an egg for and doom their franchise for years to come.
Of course, every team is dreaming of drafting their own Michael Jordan, but a lot of them end up being a bust. Here 3 of the greatest NBA busts of all-time.
Greg Oden: Portland Trail Blazers (No. 1, 2007)
In 2007, Portland had the first draft pick. They picked Greg Oden. Nobody blamed Portland for that decision during that time. Scouts had been raving about him since his early days in high school. But one injury after another resulted in Oden being out of the league.
Why was Oden a bust then? Because Kevin Durant was in the same draft.
Darko Milicic: Detroit Pistons (No. 2, 2003)
For this one, I blame the scouts and general managers. Every 7-foot European prospect is expected to be the next Dirk Nowitzki, and one has yet to come close to Dirk’s status. Milicic should’ve never been selected this high. Even at the time it was blasphemous. He ended his 10-year career with 6PPG.
Sam Bowie: Portland Trail Blazers (No. 2, 1984)
I guess you can say that the Portland Trail Blazers has a knack for drafting busts and missing out on some of the GOATs. The problem with them is they just choose centers over people with raw talent. Bowie managed to play 139 games in five years for the Blazers. Oh, yeah and some guy named Michael Jordan was drafted by the Chicago Bulls right after him.
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Though the Golden State Warriors bested the Chicago Bulls’ regular season record a few seasons ago, the Dubs’ aura of dominance faded into the playoffs. That never happened with MJ and Co. Though the Bulls lost 10 games in the regular season, compared to the Dubs’ 9, Chicago went on to destroy opponent after opponent during the playoffs.
The lineup of the Bulls then was no joke, and it was a roster considered to be one of the greatest in NBA history. Of course, you had Jordan, the greatest player to ever live. Then came Scottie Pippen, MJ’s number 2, and probably the ultimate role player in the NBA. Dennis Rodman was the league’s leading rebounder and a guy who could defend just about anybody. Those three players alone comprised the most potent defense (and offense) the league had ever seen in that era.
Put in Toni Kukoc, the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year, and one of the greatest European players to ever wear an NBA jersey, and Phil Jackson, the Coach of the Year, and you had a team that no other team could stand up to. They ran faster than any other team, defender better, and scored more often. No one else had a chance.
No other team had been more dominant in an entire year.
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Just recently, the New York Knicks’ Derrick Rose signed with the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining Lebron James and an army of top-rated players to form yet another super team.
This is just one example of a trend that has been quite popular over the last few years. It happened when Kevin Durant joined Klay Thompson and Steph Curry in Golden State. However, this may be more forgivable because the Splash Brothers were already there with the team, to begin with.
There are other teams in the NBA that have taken the route of assembling the best five out of the biggest superstars all over the league. It’s ridiculous, and it’s killing the league.
That’s because the message is strong. It simply states that the only sure way to win a championship is to hoard all the talent in one place.
Whatever happened to winning through sheer passion and dedication? That’s something that the NBA needs to have a really good look at today. Soon enough, what we have so loved as a sport will turn into nothing more than a business, which truly makes the essence of sportsmanship a lot less significant.
Michael Jordan, the greatest player that the NBA ever saw, put it best when he said he would have never called Larry Bird or Magic Johnson to even so much as float the idea of building a super team. That’s because he wanted to beat them, not join them.
This is the kind of player that makes winning an attitude, the kind that we are seeing a lot less of nowadays.
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