James Harden is NOT The MVP

It may be an unpopular opinion, but please just let me explain myself in this one. Also before you think I’m just a “hater” or I’m just going to bash on him, think again. Harden is actually one of my favorites in the NBA and I’d like to consider myself a rather big supporter of his. I am glad that he is a finalist for MVP, but if I’m being completely honest, he doesn’t deserve the award. The leagues true MVP is the one and only LeBron James.

First off, let’s talk game 7 of the Western Conference Finals. After their defeat to Golden State, it became clear Houston cannot contend without Chris Paul. The Rockets had an impressive first half, but the second the Warriors took the lead in the 3rd quarter, they completely fell apart. Relying heavily on getting to the foul line, Harden didn’t get the calls he’d normally get in the regular season. That reason being, it’s the playoffs. The referees allow much more contact and overall playing in the playoffs compared to the regular season. When Harden isn’t getting those calls, he quickly turns into a liability. Especially when he and the entire team go ice-cold shooting behind the arc. Missing a playoff-record 27 straight three-pointers, Harden and the Rockets failed at the one thing they rely on so desperately. James Harden offered no leadership or direction to his team in arguably the franchises biggest game since the 1990’s. Chris Paul is the leader and the X-factor of this Houston team and I firmly believe they would have won this series had Paul, not got injured. This series specifically showed that James Harden isn’t even the most valuable player on his own team, let alone the entire league.

As for LeBron in the playoffs, his performances speak for himself. Two game-winning buzzer beaters, averaging 34 points, 8 assists, and 9 rebounds, swept the No. 1 seed in the East and beat Boston at home in game 7 to reach his 8th straight Finals. All of this while carrying an average at best roster.

“But Collin, the MVP award is for the regular season! Harden was clearly the best then!”

Sorry, but that is also incorrect. Brace yourselves for this.

This Season:

Points: LeBron James – 2,251 | James Harden – 2,191

Assists: LeBron James – 747 | James Harden – 630

Rebounds: LeBron James – 709 | James Harden – 389

FG Pct: LeBron James – 54.2% | James Harden – 44.9%

Minutes: LeBron James – 3,026 | James Harden – 2,549

Games Played: LeBron James – 82 | James Harden – 72

Triple-Doubles: LeBron James – 18 | James Harden – 4

The numbers don’t lie. If the MVP award was truly rewarded the most “valuable” player every year, LeBron would have won it every season for the past decade. Obviously, the NBA didn’t let that happen, but it just goes to show how meaningless the NBA awards and awards, in general, are in sports.

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I love James Harden. He’s an absolute thrill to watch and one of the greatest basketball talents in the world. You know what? He most likely will still win the MVP award and I won’t be upset at all by it. It still won’t change the fact that compared to LeBron, there is no other player on this planet near his value and that’s why I believe he is the real MVP.

– Collin Borron

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If College Football Teams Were Infinity War Characters

Marvel’s “Avengers: Infinity War” is one of the biggest movie releases of all time and is the largest of my life so far. Personally, I loved the film. As a matter of fact, I loved it so much I saw it four times in a span of four days. Am I crazy? Most likely.

There are a few things I obsess over as much as I do with sports. Movies are one of those things. Today, I thought I’d combine those two worlds together. Here is “If College Football Teams Were Infinity War Characters”

(WARNING: MOVIE SPOILERS AHEAD)

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Alabama: Thanos – This one should be no surprise. Not only are the Crimson Tide obviously the most dominant team in the country, but Nick Saban now has a full Infinity Gauntlet after winning his 6th national title. To any team on Bama’s schedule next year: “I hope they remember you”.

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Clemson: Thor – As powerful as Alabama has been over the last decade or so, Clemson has proven themselves to be the team powerful enough to take down the mighty juggernaut. Like Thor, Clemson has been through their fair share of battles and beatings, but still seek to destroy the greatest threat. Clemson is closer than anyone to taking down the monster in Tuscaloosa.

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Georgia: Spider-Man – The Bulldogs have always been a solid team for the most part, but seemed limited to be truly great. Spider-Man was a similar story. That was until Tony Stark got involved and gave Spidey a shiny new suit and various other toys. Spider-Man was officially made an Avenger in Infinity War and played a pivotal role in fighting Thanos. Hell, he nearly got the gauntlet off of his hand. As for Georgia, they’ve gotten a few upgrades themselves and has quietly turned into a much more powerful program. Nearly defeating Alabama in the national title last season, the Bulldogs have shown the college football world they are no longer just good, but actually great.

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UCF: Star-Lord – These two are a perfect match. Both were so lovable and easy to root for until they let their selfishness ruin it all. Spider-Man and Iron Man were seconds away from retrieving Thanos’ gauntlet until Star-Lord let his emotions take over and began to beat on Thanos, freeing him from being hypnotized. The rest is history. As for UCF, beating Auburn in the Peach Bowl brought out the worst in the fans and school itself. They claim to be the “real” National Champions, they’ve received “national championship” rings and put up a “national championship” banner on their stadium. It was cute at first, UCF, but now it just looks sad and a little psychotic.

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LSU: Loki – LSU and Loki were both true threats at one point, but eventually were always defeated. As time passed, they were taken less and less seriously. Loki even seemed to turn good, but then handed over the Tesseract to Thanos and had his neck snapped. LSU is hyped to be great almost every season only to disappoint us every time. LSU and Loki are textbook pretenders.

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Wisconsin: Captain America – The Badgers are quiet, but overall a damn good team. They are consistently in the top ten every single year and always in the playoff hunt. They aren’t the flashiest team but are certainly one of the most efficient. Like Steve Rogers, the Badgers keep it old school and make it work really well. Also, they achieve this without any controversy or drama of any kind.

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USC: Iron Man – Who else other than USC to fill the role of Iron Man. Cocky, popular, filthy rich and powerful, the Trojans are their own hero. Can they beat Alabama? Probably not, but they sure think they can.

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Oregon: Bucky – The Ducks were one of the top teams in the country for quite a while, but haven’t done much since then. Most thought the Ducks have had their run and are back to being their average selves. Don’t fool yourself. Oregon still shouldn’t be taken lightly, especially this upcoming season. Like Bucky in Wakanda, the Ducks have been quietly regaining their mojo back and they may just make a grand re-entrance in 2018.

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Notre Dame: Black Widow – She has the looks, fighting ability, agility, and knowledge, but Black Widow still finds herself in the shadow of the rest of the Avengers. This is exactly the case with the Fighting Irish. Consistently a 10-12 win team, Notre Dame just can’t seem to escape the shadows of teams like Alabama, Ohio State, Clemson, Oklahoma and a handful of others.

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Miami: Hulk – The Hurricanes wrecked havoc on opponents for 10 weeks straight and looked seemingly unstoppable. Their defense specifically caused endless chaos unlike any other and thus the “Turnover Chain” was born. All of Sudden, the Hurricane of domination came to a halt and Miami ended their season with three straight losses. Like the Hulk, Miami refused to show up when they needed to most.

Collin Borron

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NFL: Top 5 Deadliest QB-WR Duos in 2018

In today’s NFL, the quarterback, and his receivers chemistry have never been more important. The passing attack simply rules the game right now and teams have realized this. From veteran duos to newly formed ones, here are my top five QB-WR duos heading into the 2018 season.

1. Ben Roethlisberger & Antonio Brown – This one shouldn’t surprise you. Antonio Brown has been the leagues best receiver for a couple of years now and Big Ben is looking to prove he has multiple playing years left in him. This duo lit defenses up last season and this season could be even more explosive.

2. Deshaun Watson & DeAndre Hopkins – We may not have been able to see these two play an entire season together, but what Watson and Hopkins accomplished in that short time was incredible. Having a 104.1 passer rating when targeting Hopkins, Watson quickly formed a lethal chemistry with his top WR. 2017 was just a tease for what I believe these two will showcase this upcoming season.

3. Matt Ryan & Julio Jones – These two might have struggled last season, but don’t expect their slump to carry over into 2018. Last season, we witnessed an Atlanta team adjusting to a brand new offense. However, Ryan and Jones were still one of the leagues most dominant duos. Now that they have gotten more comfortable in the new system, expect this duo and Atlanta’s offense to put up much more TD’s this season.

4. Tom Brady & Julian Edelman – They aren’t the flashiest duo in the world, but they are certainly one of the deadliest. The Patriots offense took quite a blow last season when Edelman went down with a season-ending injury. That still somehow didn’t stop Brady and the Patriots from reaching the Super Bowl. I’m expecting these two to do a great deal of damage to opponents in 2018.

5. Drew Brees & Michael Thomas – It is about time to truly recognize this duo. Michael Thomas has grown into one of the NFL’s elite receivers since being drafted in 2016. Having Drew Brees tossing the rock obviously helps, but Thomas has proved he isn’t just another product of Brees. His ability to get open is absurd. In last season’s Wild Card Round, Thomas made Carolina’s defense look silly, putting up 131 yards on just 8 catches. These two are a couple of the leagues most fun players to watch because of how simple and easy they make it look.

Collin Borron

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LeBron vs Jordan: Sports Most Pointless Debate

It is a topic that’s brought up daily on an endless variety of sports talk outlets. Who’s the true GOAT? LeBron James or Michael Jordan? Both sides have some real defensive fans. As I read through these debates, I notice the same thing every time. Both arguments seem to end up going nowhere. Whether you are a die-hard Jordan supporter, die-hard LeBron supporter, basketball expert or whatever it may be, I have some news for you. LeBron is not better than Jordan. Jordan is not better than LeBron. There is no single best player in history. It’s about time we all accept this.

I’m not really sure why sports fans feel the need to have a single best player in any sport at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had opinions on who I thought was the GOAT for each sport as well, but come to find out, it’s impossible to really crown one at all. Just like life itself, sports are made up of eras. Comparing two players that came from completely separate era’s, simply makes no sense. No matter the stat, championship, teammate(s), coach, injury or any other factor, none of it can be compared.

Basketball was a such a different game back when Jordan played. Being someone who grew up watching LeBron, it’s hard for me to imagine him playing in Jordan’s NBA and vice versa. There are a couple of things that are certain. Both are in fact the best in their respective eras and both will go down as two of the all-time greats. It’s time to just appreciate greatness when we are fortunate enough to witness it.

It’s a simple concept, but I know for a fact this debate will go on forever. I just hope some people will come to their senses and realize how much time and breath they are wasting arguing either side. I’m perfectly fine saying LeBron James and Michael Jordan are the best players in NBA history. Being able to witness one of them is something I couldn’t be more thankful for and I think a lot of people don’t realize how lucky we truly are to be here for it.

– Collin Borron

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This QB Will Takeover College Football in 2018

Now that Sam Darnold, Josh Rosen, Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield and multiple other star quarterbacks are in the NFL, who will take the college spotlight in 2018? Names like Will Grier, Jake Browning, Trace McSorley and Drew Lock are the popular answers. Call me crazy but, I think 2018’s best QB won’t be coming from that group of guys, but rather out of Arizona. Khalil Tate will take the college football world by storm in 2018.

In 2017, Tate quietly dominated the Pac 12. Passing for 1200+ yards, rushing for 1300+ yards and totaling 21 touchdowns for the Wildcats, he tore his opponents apart. Yet, he still found himself in the shadow of Darnold, Rosen, Browning and even Luke Falk. Believe it or not, the Pac 12 was arguably the best conference QB wise in 2017. Arizona’s hidden gem has yet to be discovered by most college football fans. Khalil Tate has the opportunity to truly take over not just the Pac 12, but the entire nation.

You can say what you want about Kevin Sumlin as a head coach, but there is no doubt that he is an upgrade from Rich Rodriguez. Sumlin brings an up-tempo offense to an Arizona team that is fully capable of adapting to. He also already proven he can develop quarterbacks. The Heisman winning kind. I believe Kevin Sumlin could really get Arizona in the right direction and with Khalil Tate running the offense, it will happen much quicker than expected.

Entering his junior year, Tate has the potential to have a monster 2018 season. After all, he’s only getting better. Tate and the Wildcats open their season at home September 1st, against BYU.

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The Biggest Steal of The 2018 NFL Draft

This year’s running back class was incredibly deep so, it was no surprise to see a handful of talented backs taken in the later rounds. There was one specific back I had my eye on though. That back being, John Kelly out of Tennessee. I wrote a piece on him a couple months ago about how I believe he is the most underrated RB and one of the most underrated players overall in the draft. After 175 picks, the Los Angeles Rams called up Kelly and told him he was heading to L.A.

For those of you who don’t know or understand why I am so high on Kelly, here’s why:

  • Similar strength, power, speed & physique to Dalvin Cook
  • Runs with pure passion & anger you just don’t see in RB’s anymore
  • Ultimate competitor
  • Carried the load all throughout his college career on an awful Vols team
  • Plays with a chip on his shoulder on every snap
  • Incredibly dynamic

Kelly is now on one of the best offenses in the NFL in the L.A. Rams. He’ll most likely back up Todd Gurley but, I do expect to see Kelly get his fair share of playing time. The Rams could very well have the best RB duo in the league next season.

I’m excited about both John Kelly and the Los Angeles Rams. L.A. has already had a spectacular offseason and continued the trend in this draft. At this point, I think the Rams are just trying to get me to fall in love with them. The storm continues to brew in L.A…

Collin Borron

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My 5 Favorite Picks in The 2018 NFL Draft

On Saturday, the 2018 NFL Draft ended 7 rounds of what was a fantastic event overall. This draft really had it all. There were picks I liked, disliked, found surprising and just straight up confusing. With that said, I decided to put together a list of my 5 favorite picks from the three-day spectacle.

1. Calvin Ridley, Atlanta Falcons – Yes, yes, yes, yes. Thank you, Atlanta for giving the offense another elite Alabama WR. Matt Ryan’s job is about to get a lot easier having what could turn into one of the best WR duos in the league in Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones. In what was an already explosive offense, the Falcons made a golden pick in Ridley.

2. Bradley Chubb, Denver Broncos – Imagine your team with Von Miller. Now imagine your team with two of them. The Denver Broncos made that a reality after they selected Bradley Chubb at No. 5 overall. I was honestly shocked to see Chubb not get selected earlier, specifically by the Browns. Instead they picked up who I thought the Broncos would get, Denzel Ward. Somehow still being available at No. 5, it was no surprise to see Elway jump on this guy. Chubb was arguably the best overall player in this draft and now he’s joining one of the NFL’s top defenses. Good luck, opposing offenses.

3.) Mason Rudolph & James Washington, Pittsburgh Steelers – College football’s most electrifying QB-WR duo will remain together at the next level thanks to, Pittsburgh. With Ben Roethlisberger’s career nearing an end, Mason Rudolph could be Pittsburghs next big thing. Also, with Washington alongside Antonio Brown and JuJu Smith-Schuster, there is no lack of receiving talent. The future is bright for the Steelers.

4.) Lamar Jackson, Baltimore Ravens – Seeing Baltimore trade for the final pick in the 1st round, I was quite intrigued. Then to see them take, Lamar Jackson, I was beyond excited. Will he start right away? Of course not. Is he the future of Baltimore? I think so. Jackson is the ultimate competitor and accepts nothing but, greatness. He’s a freak talent and the fact he nearly didn’t get picked in the first round is shocking. I hope the Ravens help him develop into his full potential and not rush him into anything. I love this pick.

5. Shaquem Griffin, Seattle Seahawks – It may have taken 5 rounds but, Shaquem Griffin would probably agree that it was worth the wait after being selected by the Seattle Seahawks. Rejoining his twin brother Shaquill, Shaquem continued to prove his doubters wrong after being selected. Being one of the best feel good stories of the draft I look forward to seeing Shaquem and his brother wreck havoc on opposing offenses next season.

This draft was loaded with special talent and players that I loved. Trying to narrow it down to my five favorites wasn’t easy. That said, this years draft was fantastic and I think that almost every team had a solid draft. Let the wait for the 2018 NFL preseason begin.

Collin Borron

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