Blog

Bull Riding: A True American Sport

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.

Image source: sportsradiopd.com

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.

Image source: deyoephoto.com

Shaun Benderson here. I’m passionate about sports. I always talk about sports with my friends and during my free time, I update my social media accounts to share my sports insights to my fellow netizens. For more updates, follow me on Twitter.

Advertisements

It’s all Greek to me: Antetokounmpo might just be this season’s NBA MVP

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.

giannis-league-pass.jpg
                                                            Image source: nba.com

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.

giannis-antetokounmpo-nba-los-angeles-lakers-milwaukee-bucks.jpg
                                                    Image source: hoopshabit.com

Hi there, my name is Shaun Benderson. I’m a college student from the University of Florida, and I’m very much into sports writing. For more news and insights on the NBA, drop by this website.

The Nba’s Biggest Draft Busts Of All-Time

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.

                                                  Image source : oregonlive.com

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.

                          Image source : onemanfastbreak.net

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.

Hey there! The name’s Shaun Benderson. I’m a budding sports blogger and a student of the University of Florida. Visit this page for more sports content.

Unstopabulls: The Year Jordan And Company Could Not Be Stopped

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.

Image source: pinterest.com

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.

Image source: sportsmockery.com

No other team had been more dominant in an entire year.

Hi there, I’m Shaun Benderson, from the University of Florida. I’m a student who’s into sports blogging. Follow me on Twitter for more interesting tidbits on sports.

Why Super Teams are Ruining the NBA

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.

Image source: sonicrising.com

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.

Image source: fadeawayworld.com

This is the kind of player that makes winning an attitude, the kind that we are seeing a lot less of nowadays.

I’m Shaun Benderson, a budding sports blogger and University of Florida student. For more interesting sports stories, follow me on Twitter.

NBA Awards 2017 winners

The NBA launched the first ever NBA Awards event. Prior to this year, the NBA announced each award shortly after the regular season. Drake hosted the event.

russell-westbrook-mvp
                                                                        Image source: nba.net

Here are all the winners of the NBA Awards 2017

NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP)
Winner: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Rookie of the Year
Winner: Malcolm Brogdon, Milwaukee Bucks

Sixth Man of the Year
Winner: Eric Gordon, Houston Rockets

Twyman-Stokes Teammate of the Year
Winner: Dirk Nowitzki, Dallas Mavericks

Block of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Kawhi Leonard, San Antonio Spurs

Dunk of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Victor Oladipo, Oklahoma City Thunder

Lifetime Achievement Award: Bill Russell

Most Improved Player
Winner: Giannis Antetokounmpo, Milwaukee Bucks

Coach of the Year
Winner: Mike D’Antoni, Houston Rockets

NBA Executive of the Year
Winner: Bob Myers, Golden State Warriors

Performance of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Best Playoff Moment (Fan Vote)
Winner: Kevin Durant, Golden State Warriors

Defensive Player of the Year
Winner: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

Best Style (Fan Vote)
Winner: Russell Westbrook, Oklahoma City Thunder

Assist of the Year (Fan Vote)
Winner: Draymond Green, Golden State Warriors

636341098639770272-GTY-801522024-91982481
                                                           Image source : gannett-cdn.com

Hi there I’m Shaun Benderson. I’m a sports blogger and a student of the University of Florida. Come visit my blog for more sports updates.