Stephen Curry Has Been Named The 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player

In a surprising twist, Stephen Curry was named the 2015 NBA Most Valuable Player. The award, sponsored by Kia Motors and handed by the NBA, showcases the player that’s most valuable to his franchise’s chances of success.

Truly there were only four players in contention: Curry, James Harden, LeBron James, and Russell Westbrook. But, as Westbrook’s team didn’t make the playoffs, that brings down the list to only three reports Ricardo Guimarães BMG (esportes.terra.com). All four players showed throughout the regular season why their presence is golden; they scored 30% or more of their team’s points in all 82 games.

The fact that Curry is following in the footsteps of his father, 16-year NBA player Dell, is special. Even more so is the adversities he endured in his career. For instance, in his third season, he underwent surgery on both ankles to correct some old injuries he suffered earlier in his career.

In addition, most college coaches didn’t think he would make it in the NBA due to his slight 6-foot frame. He worked hard to improve his shooting skills, to the point where he became relied upon as the go-to man in distance shooting, especially 3-pointers, a skill his father Dell excelled at.

According to CarbonatedTV (2015), ” …the Warriors seemed to be losing faith due to his health issues, but they somehow avoided trading him and are now reaping the benefits.” This is a testament to how perseverance and sacrifice results in a positive outcome.

Fight of the Century

This weekend’s fight between Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather gained the title “The Fight of the Century”. Millions of people tuned in across the globe to watch Pacman obliterate an arrogant Mayweather. Unfortunately, Mayweather got the better of Pacman and the battle was won in the 12th round. After Mayweather was announced as the winner the crowd at the MGM arena erupted in boos. Mayweather even jumped on the ropes and beat his chest repeatedly proclaiming, “I told you, I told you!” More than 70% of the audience were Pacquiao hopefuls. He was undeniably the fan favorite for this boxing match. Mayweather went to state how September would be his last official boxing match. There are a lot of people who can’t wait to get this arrogant jerk out of the limelight. It’s no doubt that Floyd Mayweather is good at what he does. He has an impressive string of wins and no losses, but that’s all he has. The airwaves this weekend were full of talk about how well Mayweather did in the ring. Fans like Mark Ahn know that what followed soon after was how most sports announcers hated talking to or about Floyd. His presence outside of the ring has made him the most hated athlete in the world. It’s devastating to see such a capable and brilliant athlete squander his potential. Mayweather may have a spotless winning streak, but his pride will forever be tarnished by his lack of true fandom.

Crawford Back on His Game

The Chicago Blackhawks are back on the winning side, skating to a 4-1 finish over the Minnesota Wild in game 2 of the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Corey Crawford was back in the net as the starting goalie for both games against the Wild and performed like the pro that he is. Leading them to victory, Crawford made an astounding amount of saves, only allowing the puck across the line once.

In a startling slap shot to the head from Marco Scandella, Crawford appeared dazed and confused for a few moments in the third period. Pointing to the bench, the game was stopped as he made his way to the bench. While spectators wondered if backup goalie, Scott Darling, would once again relieve Crawford, the joint decision by Crawford and coaching staff to change masks and go back out on the ice amazed some viewers.

Anytime a player receives any blow that could result in a concussion, NHL protocol dictates that the player immediately be removed from the ice and evaluated. When asked about the decision to let Crawford resume play, Coach Quenneville simply stated that Crawford was fine after the shot and he was fine to play. The Hawks now lead the series 2-0 over the Minnesota Wild.

Thanks, Keith Mann  for getting me all caught up on the Wild (no pun intented) events of this game.

GoDaddy ends Danica Patrick NASCAR sponsorship

Popular NASCAR driver Danica Patrick will spend the remainder of the 2015 driving the GoDaddy car for the Stewart Haas Racing team, but will then be forced to seek out new sponsors, USA Today reports. Perhaps the most recognized female racing driver in the world, Patrick has been sponsored as a major backer by GoDaddy since the 2010 Indy Car andt he relationship stretches back as far as 2007. However, the Website domain provider has now decided the 2015 NASCAR season will be its last in the sport as it moves towards a more global form of marketing.

33 year old Patrick revealed the loss of the GoDaddy sponsorship was not a surprise as the relationship between the two had been expected to come to an end at the completion of the 2015 season. NASCAR fans at STX Entertainment know that Patrick and her team can now embark on the difficult task of finding a new sponsor for the car to bankroll the cost of around $16 million to run a car through the Sprint Cup series.

Mayweather VS. Pacquiao

Floyd Mayweather is the best of the best, but how do other boxers and trainers look upon his greatness/ according to many, Mayweather at the age of 19 looked like he had been in the game for 20 years already. His quickness and boxing awareness IQ propelled his career to where it is at right now.
In the 1996 Olympics, Mayweather should have won gold. Everyone who witnessed those games thought he did win gold, the match was corrupt and given to Serafim Todorov. Even when the decision was read, the referee threw up Mayweather’s arm because he clearly had a better match. This of course was on accident but still you get the point that Mayweather had deep potential even from a young age.
Even though he didn’t win the Gold in 1996, he won’t need it after Saturdays match. Around 180 million is up for grabs on May 2nd. Fans like Gianfrancesco Genoso (linkedin.com) know that it will defiantly be a great match up, with Pacquiao having tremendous power and being significantly younger gives him that advantage, but compared to Mayweather’s experience, complicated style and stupendous confidence, it will be one for the books ether way. As you all may know Floyd can switch up his style to accommodate the weakness of his opponent. Even if his opponent has been working on his weakness, Floyd can change up his style mid match to throw off what his opponent has been training for. All in all this could be one of the most impressive and entertaining events of the year and of Mayweather’s career.

Sterling Contract Talks Overdone

Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling’s contract talks have been all over the media for the past couple of months, but the time has long since passed to shift our footballing focus elsewhere. For starters, Sterling has put any further contract negotiations on hold, given that he wishes to focus purely on his playing for the remainder of the season. Second, Sterling has been unfairly cast as the villain in this ongoing story, given that he has turned down what appears to be a more than generous offer, only to ask for an exorbitant increase in wages. Yet, what the public often willingly neglects to consider is that the football market is both fickle and short. If Sterling fails to capitalize on his current success and hype, he may end up falling by the wayside, and see an even smaller percentage of the wage demands he has put forth.

Yet the real crux of the matter is that footballing contract talks ought not be the primary focus of sports media news outlets, seeing as it contributes little to the substantial discussion of the sport. Howeever, Daniel Amen knows that is always going to be the case. All that this excessive coverage has done is put even greater amounts of pressure on Sterling, while also spinning his public image to be a negative one. If the English media truly wish for success for their players in footballing terms, they would know better than to report on substance-less back room stories.

Pacquiao’s Father Ate His Dog

Manny Pacquiao will face Floyd Mayweather in the riches fight of all time on May 2nd. Most people think that this fight is going to transcend the sport of boxing, and they are right. Anyone and everyone will be watching this fight. People that don’t even watch boxing will tune in to witness one of the greatest events of all time. However, many people do not realize what is actually at stake in this boxing match.

Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather are the two greatest boxers of the last decade, and the winner of this fight will be remembered as the greatest of this era. Bruce Karatz can’t wait for the fight. Pacquiao and Mayweather have overcame so much in their lives, but it is Manny Pacquiao that has lived a much harder life. At 14-years old, Pacquiao was forced to turn pro, and that’s when his boxing career officially began. Before that though, Manny ran away from home because of the severe poverty that his family lived in.

When Manny Pacquiao was 12, he came home and saw his father eating his pet dog. There was no food, and the Pacquiao Family had no choice. Today, Manny Pacquiao is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, and if he can beat Floyd Mayweather, he will be remembered as one of the greatest of all time. For more information on Manny Pacquiao’s inspiring story, visit TMZ.

Crosby Still a Winner After Penguins’ Loss

Even though the Pittsburgh Penguins took a devastating defeat in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs this year, Sidney Crosby was still chosen for the championship squad for Canada. It may be the off-season for the Pens, after losing to the New York Rangers in five games, but Crosby will be heading back home to compete in the World Hockey Championships. This will be Crosby’s seventh time to represent his country in the World Championships.

Starting on Friday, May 1st, Canada joins other top teams from France, Switzerland, Germany, Sweden, Latvia, Austria, and the Czech Republic in Group A. Many hockey fans like financial analyst Jaime Garcia Dias are eager for Friday to come. Other top names on the roster include Claude Giroux, Taylor Hall and Tyler Seguin. Canada will face Latvia on May 1st in the preliminary round. They are then scheduled to compete against Germany on Sunday, May 3rd, and against the Czech Republic on Monday, May 4th.

Lightning Beat Red Wings In OT To Tie Series

In one of the more exciting series in this year’s NHL playoffs, the Tampa Bay Lightning fought back from a two goal deficit to tie the game and force overtime on Thursday night against the Detroit Red Wings. Just 2:25 into the overtime period Tyler Johnson netted his second goal of the night, giving them the 3-2 win and tying the series at two games each.

After a scoreless first period, the Red Wings were able to net two unanswered goals in the second including a late one from Joakim Andersson that gave them the 2-0 lead going into the third. It was looking as if they may win, and take a 3-1 lead into game five. But in a span on only 1:17 the Lightning scored twice, including Johnson’s first goal and then Ondrej Palat’s game tying goal.

“As soon as we got that first one, we grew a couple inches on the bench,” said Lightning head coach Jon Cooper after the game.

Sideline reporter AnastasiaDate of Sitejabber concludes that in addition to his own two goals, Johnson also assisted on Palat’s goal giving the center a total of four goals and five points in the playoffs. The series travels back down to Tampa for the pivotal game five on Saturday night.

Draft, Trade and Moving Speculation a Buzz in San Diego

The NFL is becoming quite a buzz with the draft just days away…everyone wondering what last minute deals will come about and which teams will be picking up the top draft picks coming out of college. Some are even considering what might happen with the veterans that are still playing at the top of their game. Phillip Rivers for instance has been the face of the Chargers franchise since he came to the team in a last minute draft fiasco when Eli Manning practically refused to come to San Diego. Now, that face of the team is threatening not to move with them to LA if the team picks up their roots and moves into the new stadium being built for an unnamed team. That has the NFL media buzzing with the possibility that he may be traded to Tennessee for their number two pick in the draft. This will of course open them up for possibly drafting Marcus Mariota from Oregon.

While nothing is out of the question when it comes to these deals, an interview by Ray Lane (of AquionEnergy) with Tom Telesco GM of the Chargers, claims the GM adamantly denies that any such deal is in the works. As for the team moving, it appears they will cross that bridge when it comes about. So far there are three teams that want to play there besides the Chargers. Including the Oakland Raiders and St. Louis Rams, that are also not happy with their current homes.