Wild, Wild, Wild Card Race

With the 2015-20156 MLB regular season coming to an end, there are still many questions surrounding the post season. Six teams are currently fighting for four wild card spots, and the race could not be any closer.

Starting the NL, the Mets, who are notorious for causing the NL leaders the Chicago Cubs post season fits, hold the first wild card spot, but are only a game and a half above the second spot San Francisco Giants. However, only half a game behind the Giants are the Saint Louis Cardinals. This race is extremely tight. Fortunately for the Mets, both its competitors are just can’t squeak out a win playing below .500 teams. The race for that second spot is the real point of interest. Instead of watching these two playoff worthy teams seeing which one will drop a game and give the other a lead, everyone is watching to see which team will win a game. Both teams are on a down skid at a time most teams need to be heating up. All we can do now is sit back and watch.

On the the AL, Toronto and Baltimore’s Oriels are in a dead lock tie only a game and a half up on the Detroit Tigers. The Tigers are known for being scary at this time of the year and into the post season. The race for the second wild card spot is the opposite from the NL as if either Toronto or Baltimore drop games now, the Tigers are in prime position to steal that second spot. With the season ending on Sunday, it will be interesting to not only see who the two teams that make it to post season are, but in which spot they land.

To keep up with the Wild Card race, check out this link ( http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/standings/wildcard.jsp )


Who Can Stop Barcelona?

With the UEFA Champions League back, all eyes fall upon the 2015 champs and current favorites which just happens to be one of the best teams to ever play the game. Of course I am talking about FC Barcelona. With and formidable front three in Neymar, Messi, and Suarez, backed by the veteran captain Iniesta and the Croatian super star Rakitic, and a stone wall keeper in ter Stegen, this team looks poised to reclaim their title as champions.

Although this elite squad may seem unbeatable, many teams believe they have what it takes to knock the Spanish juggernaut off their mighty throne. The only question is, who can ACTUALLY do it?

The first team that comes to mind when someone says Barcelona is none other than their mortal La Liga rivals and 2016 Champions League victors, Real Madrid. Boasting a player that many would argue as the best player to ever play the game, Cristiano Ronaldo plans to lead his incredibly stacked team to sit upon the Champions League throne as the greatest football club. Real Madrid has a wicked attack that gives even the best defenses in the world problems. Lead by the infamous Ronaldo and Karim Benzema, the fast pace, relentless pressure the team is capable of makes teams wilt allowing, these star strikers to put up goals late in the game. A solid midfield led by the young James Rodriguez, runs circles around their opponents with sharp passing, incredible pace, and even incredible shooting talent of their own. A roster like this stacked with big names such as Luka Modric, Pepe, Toni Kroos, and Sergio Ramos, wouldn’t be complete without a lights out keeper. Fortunately for them, that is exactly what Keylor Navas is. This Spanish squad is here to win and needs to be seriously considered for the crown.

The next team that has a legitimate chance at stealing the title is German FC Bayern Munich. Bayern builds its team off of the best keeper in the world. Manuel Neuer showed the world in the last world cup why no one can compete with him. His ability to in goal allows his team to put teams away with very few goals. Not that they can’t score though. The German attack led by Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller provide a tough match up for the highest tier defenses in the world. Shown time and time again, this club is simply stacked. Combined with midfielders Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Arturo Vidal, and the Portuguese star Renato Sanches, and the shutdown defense of David Alaba and Mats Hummels, this team is no pretender to the throne.

Finally, you cannot forget the 2015 runners up Juventus. For any of you who forgot how the 2015 championship game went, here’s the highlight real (http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2syrz6). I’m sure Juventus wishes they had those 4 minutes back. They came SO CLOSE to glory. If it wasn’t for those two back to back goals, that game may have ended very differently. However, despite the loss, they’re back… and they won’t be stopped this time. With the summer acquisition of one of Barcelona’s star backs Dani Alves, their defense consisting of Medhi Benatia, Leonardo Bonucci, and Stephan Lichtsteiner, looks to shutout even the most impressive assaults on goal. Backed buy a veteran keep in Gianluigi Buffon, and Gonzalo Higuain at the tip of the spear, Juventus is looking to take whats their this season.

With these four teams fighting it out for the title, this years Champions League is going to be just ridiculous. Who do you think has what it takes to take it all?

Two Ships with out a Captain, Trying to Stay Afloat.

The position of quarterback is likely the most important position. This is true for teams whether they are run heavy, pass heavy, or even defensive heavy. The quarter back, other than throwing or handing off the ball, is responsible for being a game manager. This is something that takes years to master.

You may be wondering why I reminded you of this. Well if you haven’t heard two teams destined for seasons ending deep in the playoffs are with out their captains at the helm. With Teddy Bridgewater of the Minnesota Vikings out for the season with a torn ACL, and Tony Romo of the Dallas Cowboys out for 6-10 weeks with a fractured vertebrae, many questions surround these once hopeful teams’ seasons.

In week 3 of the preseason the Dallas Cowboys were in a show down with the recently hot Seattle Seahawks. On a scramble play Romo was taken down from behind while trying to slide, landing with the weight of Cliff Avril on his shoulders. Immediately Romo grabbed his back writhing in pain. Now if your a cowboys fan you were pry thinking, “Here we go again…”, while watching your franchise quarterback being helped off the field. A few weeks later, news got out that Romo would be out somewhere between 6 and 10 weeks.

Well, lucky for the Cowboys, Romo isn’t out for the season. This means if the Cowboys can get to week six with a .500 record, they might just be able to make a late season push for the play offs. The only question is, can they do it? If so, where do they start?

I’ll tell you where, Dak Prescott.

“But Baylor, He’s a rookie!” Exactly. He’s a very talented Rookie. To get a .500  the Cowboys need to win between 3 and 5 games. So why does this Matter?

With Prescott being a rookie, he has no NFL tape. That means the Cowboys coaching staff can do whatever they want with him and no team in the NFL will be able to prepare like they normally would.

With an unpredictable, athletic rookie behind a monster O-line, armed with the number 4 overall pick in Ezekiel Elliot, the Cowboys might just be able to scrape together some wins before the rest of the league catches on to Dak and his fellow rookie teammate Ezekiel.

Now what about the Vikings. With their quarter back out for the seasons after tearing his ACL in a non-contact drill in practice, the Vikings, and their fans, are searching for answers.

Fear not my friends in purple! Adrian Peterson is here to save the day (or season).

Arguably the best active running back in the NFL, Adrian Peterson has the potential to do enough damage to opponents’ defense to open up for Sam Bradford (A ridiculously underrated quarterback) to carve up.

The only issue that may be a point of concern is Bradford is known for being injury prone. If the Vikings O-line and Bradford can stay healthy, the Vikings can still be the scary team they boasted in the playoffs last year and going into the off season.