Explaining Josh Gordon’s Suspension

Gordon will not be able to play football in the NFL, CFL, or anywhere else in 2014 (via rotoprofessor)

Gordon will not be able to play football in the NFL, CFL, or anywhere else in 2014 (via rotoprofessor)

Josh Gordon just doesn’t get it.

The star receiver of the Cleveland Browns was suspended for the entire 2014 NFL season on Wednesday after his appeal was denied.

Gordon’s suspension was originally handed down after he once again violated the league’s substance-abuse policy. He failed a drug test for marijuana and immediately appealed the decision.

Gordon’s argument was that he failed the test due to secondhand smoke, along with claiming the samples were inconsistent. Read More »

Five Early College Football Thoughts and Questions

The new college football playoff trophy was described as "priceless" and is made of 24kt gold, bronze, and stainless steel (via statesman)

The new college football playoff trophy was described as “priceless” and is made of 24kt gold, bronze, and stainless steel (via statesman)

The 2014-15 college football season is upon us. Last year, fans witnessed another Freshman win the Heisman Trophy. Freshman quarterback Jameis Winston not only won the Heisman, but he led Florida State to an unblemished season and a National Championship.

Fans witnessed one of the greatest plays in college football history when Auburn cornerback Chris Davis took a missed Cade Foster 57-yard field goal attempt back 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown against Alabama as time expired.

Fans witnessed Johnny Manziel and Texas A&M fall behind 38-17 to Duke at halftime during the Chik-Fil-A Bowl and then storm back to win it 52-48 in the second half. Manziel had a near-perfect performance completing 30 passes on 38 attempt and compiled 455 total yards and 5 touchdowns. Read More »

MLB Power Rankings: Week 21

Despite losing two of three games in Oakland, the Los Angeles Angels sit a game above the Oakland Athletics for first place in the A.L. West, and they remain in first place in this week’s edition of Grandstand U’s MLB Power Rankings. Oakland is 8-4 against L.A. this year, but the Angels have had little problem against the rest of the team’s in the league, and if they continue to beat everyone else, a losing record against the A’s might not be too harmful in the end.

Coming in at third in this week’s rankings are the Washington Nationals, who continue to pitch well and win on a regular basis. If this streak continues, there is no reason to believe the Nats couldn’t or shouldn’t be in the World Series. Fourth place belongs to the Baltimore Orioles. While they have struggled as of late, Baltimore still owns a comfortable lead in the A.L. East and should ease their way into the playoffs. Rounding out the top-five are the Los Angeles Dodgers. Any time you have a pitching staff like the Dodgers do, you will win a lot of games. Don’t believe me? Just watch the Dodgers play a few games and you’ll see. Read More »

Time For Rams to Part Ways with Sam Bradford

The Rams were optimistic that Bradford would be ok, but instead he will miss the rest of this season due to a torn ACL in the same knee as last year (via sbnation)

Sam Bradford will miss the rest of this season due to a torn ACL in the same knee as last year (via sbnation)

The St. Louis Rams are a team loaded with talent. They have arguably a top ten defense led by defensive end Robert Quinn, along with a formidable rushing attack led by Zac Stacy.

Unfortunately, playing in the best division in the NFL, the NFC West, has skewed people’s perceptions about just how good the Rams are. In a division with the Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco 49ers, and Arizona Cardinals, the Rams are the weakest link. However, put a team with so much talent in a division such as the NFC East, and we’d see them in the playoffs. Read More »

Today in History: Dwight Gooden Wins 20

On August 25, 1985, Dwight Gooden led the New York Mets to a 9-3 home victory over the San Diego Padres to become the youngest pitcher to get 20 wins in a season at 20 years and nine months.

In six innings, Gooden struck out four batters and walked one. There were five hits and three runs, two were earned. Roger McDowell closed the game for the Mets. In three innings he let one hit get by but no runs came through for the Padres.

Eric Show took the loss for the Padres. In six innings, he let four runs score off of eight hits. Tim Stoddard relieved Show, but could not hold the Mets back as they scored five runs off of eight hits.

Coming off a Rookie of the Year season, Gooden was showing potential in his second year in the majors. He finished the season with the Cy Young Award and fourth in the MVP vote. His performance started to slip after the first five seasons, but he stayed with the Mets until the end of the ’94 season. Read More »

MLB Power Rankings: Week 20

Oakland has lost their top spot, but continue to dominate in the MLB (via sfgate)

Oakland has lost their top spot, but continue to dominate in the MLB (via sfgate)

Ladies and gentlemen, it has finally happened. After spending numerous weeks atop Grandstand U’s MLB Power Rankings, the Oakland Athletics have dropped from their number one spot, only to be replaced by the division-rival Los Angeles Angels. Both these teams are not at the top of their games currently, but Oakland losing five straight was all it took for the Angels to overcome them in the division and these power rankings. Read More »

Are NFL Dynasties Extinct?

The last team to win back to back Super Bowls was the Patriots during the 2004 and 2005 season (via csnbayarea)

The last team to win back to back Super Bowls was the Patriots during the 2004 and 2005 season (via csnbayarea)

During the 40’s it was the Bears, in the 50’s it was the Browns and Lions, in the 60’s it was the Packers, during the 70’s it was the Steelers, during the 80’s it was the Forty-Niners, the 90’s belonged to the Cowboys, in the 2000’s it was the Patriots who had their time in glory. All these teams had dynasties. But during the 2010’s we have yet to see a team in the NFL win the Super Bowl more than once. Read More »

Who Would You Choose? Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan

Duncan just earned his 5th ring, but who would you choose? Kobe or Tim? (via hoopshabit)

Duncan just earned his 5th ring, but who would you choose? Kobe or Tim? (via hoopshabit)

Two months ago, Tim Duncan and the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA Finals. This Finals victory marked the 5th championship in the Tim Duncan and Gregg Popovich era, and 4th championship with the San Antonio “Big Three”. Their previous Finals victories came in 1999, 2003, 2005, and 2007.

With that being said, it lead me to an interesting question. If you had to start a team and had to choose between Kobe Bryant or Tim Duncan, who would you chose? Read More »

From Cleveland with Love

LeBron James will contend for another title with the acquisition of superstar Kevin Love (via thehoopdoctors)

LeBron James will contend for another title with the acquisition of superstar Kevin Love (via thehoopdoctors)

On December 30th, 2013, the Indiana Pacers were 24-5 and sat atop the Eastern Conference standings. This was a combination of: a dominant starting lineup, the leap from star to superstardom from Paul George, and Lance Stephenson turning into a perennial all-star. They looked to be perched among the NBA’s elite for three to four more years with a core of Roy Hibbert, Stephenson and George and ready to be the first team to dethrone the Read More »

Cristiano Ronaldo Helps Real Madrid Win The UEFA Supercup

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring with his teammates. (via UEFA)

Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates scoring with his teammates (via UEFA)

It seems like it was just yesterday that the soccer season had ended, and in this case that Real Madrid finally acquired the coveted tenth European cup; a lot has happened in between first, Germany won the World Cup and Real Madrid acquired some new players. The U.S. tour had the outcome that not many expected, but all of that is in the past, and now it is time to think of the new season. Read More »