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Monday, March 29, 2021
Another week of March Madness and we can't get enough of the action. In the backdrop, top national seed Gonzaga is pushing to be the first undefeated NCAA Men's Basketball National Champion team since 1976. So far this season, only one team has kept the Bulldogs within 10 points. Neither of the teams they played this week kept them that close. Led by Sportsman of the Week Drew Timme, Gonzaga averaged 17 point victories over the 8 seeded Oklahoma Sooners and 5 seeded Creighton Blue Jays. Timme filled the box score in all categories, averaging 26 points (30 vs. OU, 22 vs. CU) and 9.5 rebounds. He also got 4 assists per game so he wasn't greedy. Gonzaga has long been a tournament darling but plays the favorite as they try and navigate to their first National Championship. It will be Timme and teammates that can make it happen, he is a worthy Sportsman of the Week!
Tuesday, March 23, 2021
What an opening weekend of March Madness. In an unpredictable season impacted all along the way with games rescheduled and cancelled but culminating in one of the biggest events in American Sports. The NCAA Men's and Women's Basketball tournament. This time last year sports fans ate a bitter pill when there was no possible path forward for the tournament as the country grappled with cancelled events and lock downs. But the tournament was wide open on the first weekend. On the Men's side, Oral Roberts Golden Eagles were one of the surprise teams, shocking one of the short-list tournament favorite Ohio State Buckeyes in overtime. Not to be outdone, the 15-seed proceeded to defeat the Florida Gators in the second round. Sweet 16 ticket punched. They were led by experienced and talented forward Kevin Obanor. The junior number "0" led the team with an average of 29 points over the first two games, and not only that, added 11 rebounds in both games. He added 4 steals in the Florida win as well to be a complete stat sheet filler. Oral Roberts next gets third seeded Arkansas. Will they add another major program to their belt? Our Sportsman of the Week Kevin Obanor will lead the Golden Eagles and make a good run at it!
Tuesday, March 16, 2021
Spring sports are the best. Even better when they're winter sports disguised in Spring. Oh wait, it's actually winter another week. Even despite clocks changing. Got it. Not the first time this Blog points to one of the great athletic events for a Sportsman of the Week in the Iditarod. And not the first time our Sportsman of the Week took the title. Dallas Seavey was the 12th ever winner of the Sportsman of the Week honor, but worthy again. This week in the annual Dogsled Super Bowl as it were, Seavey won his fifth Iditarod (last SOTW was his first win) in 7 days, 14 hours, 8 minutes and 57 seconds. The race was shortened to ensure a clean finish and without risk of COVID interruption. At 34 years old, he ties the all time record of Rick Swenson and is poised to break his record in future years. I'd love to give you a day by day analysis but I wasn't on the course and the ESPN coverage was spotty. Let's just say Seavey is good and deserves Sportsman of the Week!
Monday, March 8, 2021
Combat sports are in a transition phase, as traditional boxing (on the 50th anniversary of Ali-Frazier I) give way to what might be considered more action packed (read, shorter, fewer rounds) mixed martial arts. The Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) has continued to evolve in style, substance, and quality to take the main stage. And last Saturday's UFC 259 (doesn't quite have the roman numerals like Super Bowls) provided action and surprise. The action was defending champion Jan Blachowicz (Poland) versus the previous undefeated Israel Adesanya (Nigeria) in the Light Heavyweight (oxymoron anyone, dudes are 200 pounds) division. Blachowicz was a +185 underdog but controlled Adesanya to demonstrate superiority. Per the fight stats showed clear dominance for Jan as he had more strikes, significant strikes, take downs (3 to 0), and match control. Resulted in an easy unanimous decision. The 38-year old Blachowicz used his experience this time, but Adesanya is probably a champion of the future. Great historical matchup, and a worthy Sportsman of the Week!
Monday, March 1, 2021
The NBA is hitting its Spring stride and a familiar name is positioning his team for a potential deep NBA Playoff run and potential first title in 50 years (and you think your favorite team hasn't won in a while). Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks has his team at the third seed and feared hoping to at least win the Eastern Conference since 1974. The two-time reigning NBA MVP lit up opponents this week with 3 games of brilliance. 36-38 points in each game (37 PPG average), 13-15 made FG, throw in average 11 rebounds and 6 assists and not a bad week. Oh, and 3 wins. He's also the reigning defensive player of the year so complete two way threat. Will the Bucks finally break through? Will Antetokounmpo win a third MVP? To be determined, but he is our Sportsman of the Week!