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Cubs Lose Again
The Chicago Cubs were swept in humiliating fashion, and will once again miss out on the World Series. Anyone old to remember the Cubs playing in a World Series in likely near death. Anyone old enough to remember the Cubs actually winning a World Series is definitely dead. Cubs fans have had to watch those smug bastards in Boston raise the trophy three times without so much as making it to the big dance. However, it’s hard to feel bad for people who live in a two-team city and chose the goddamn Cubs! Just remember, you chose this life! More Cubs misery can be found on Deadspin.
Daniel Sturridge Hurt Again
Daniel Sturridge is what the Brits call a “glass man.” He went from one half of the most dynamic striking duo in the EPL to an afterthought in what feels like the blink of an eye. At this point, Liverpool supporters just assume that Sturridge is incapable of staying healthy long enough to contribute in any real way. This is why they were more upset over the loss of Danny Ings.
Colin Kaepernick Probably Sucks
Conventional logic dictates that a young and seemingly talented quarterback like Colin Kaepernick is due for a rebound year (in statistics this is known as regression towards the mean). It is always possible, though unscientific to say, that maybe the guy just kind of sucks now. We could look at how his performance under pressure has seen a steady decrease over the last few years. Or we could just look at this pass. Either way, not a good look.
Gennady Golovkin Probably Can’t Draw
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Golovkin has long been touted as the next big thing for boxing, and with Floyd Mayweather (supposedly) out of the picture, it would seem that it is his time to shine. Truthfully, he’s a hard guy to hate. He is basically the anti-Mayweather, an action fighter who has actually made himself more hit table in recent fights in order to hunt for the fan-pleasin knockout. He is also an endearing guy with a quirky personality who seems sincerely interested in putting on a good show. Last weekend, he finally had the opportunity to headline a pay per view event…
..and it tanked. The event struggled to reach 150,000 buys. To put that into perspective, Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather both drew 300,000 for their first PPVs. In order for it to be a financial success, it would have had to have drawn at least 200,000.
While the sky is not falling just yet, this presents a serious obstacle for GGG. Potential high-profile opponents are going to take one look at this buy rate and go running for the hills. Why sign up to fight a strange Eastern European guy with a small fan base, especially when he stands a very good chance of embarrassing you. The lack of bargaining power that Golovkin has is now evident; Canelo (an opponent that Golovkin needs badly) is now insisting that GGG drop down and fight him at 155 lbs.
The last time the UFC held an event in Dublin, it was in July of 2014 and was headlined by then rising star Conor McGregor. This card was well-received by both those in attendance and those watching at home on Fight Pass. Out of the ten fights held that evening, only three went to a decision. In the main event, home town hero McGregor put Diego Brandao to sleep inside of five minutes. The Irish crowd was one of the loudest and most enthusiastic in recent memory. It seemed like Ireland and the UFC were a match made in heaven.
Fast forward just over a year later, and the UFC is back in Dublin. They’re looking to replicate the success of the previous event. They want to further establish their overseas fan base, all while establishing themselves as a world-wide brand. The only problem is this: Conor McGregor is now the promotion’s biggest draw outside of Ronda Rousey. To put him on a Fight Pass event is to flush money down the drain.
Not to worry, the UFC has another Irish rising star in Joe Duffy. It helps that Duffy is the last man to defeat Conor McGregor, back when they were both regional standouts. The UFC booked him against the always entertaining Dustin Poirier in the main event, filled the card with other Irish fighters, and threw in Ben Rothwell (basically an MMA version of Big Van Vader) against the tremendously promising Stipe Miocic. This event was easily worth the $10 it would cost to subscribe to Fight Pass.
That is, of course, until the event completely fell apart. First Miocic pulled out of the fight, leaving Rothwell without an opponent. With the fun heavyweight slug fest off the table, the event looked a whole lot less marketable. Sure, the card was full of local fighters, but none of whom anyone would really call relevant in any kind of title picture. The fact that most of these guys are even on the UFC roster speaks more to the fact that the UFC must now run events on what feels like a near weekly basis. So at this point, you have a main event between and up-and-comer and an entertaining journeyman…and that falls through when Duffy backs out just days before the fight.
Quick, name both fighters who eventually ended up in the main event without looking it up! You can’t!
To add insult to injury, Reebok went and did this…
While this t-shirt was, to Reebok, a half-hearted attempt at pandering to Irish fight fans, the design itself was controversial. The shirt excluded Northern Ireland, technically a part of the UK, but still considered a part of Ireland in the hearts and minds of those who live on the island. The story of Ireland/Northern Ireland is a long one, but this situation could have been avoided entirely if Reebok had bothered to show the design to an actual Irish person before putting it on sale.
This all adds up to one big accidental “fuck you” to MMA fans in Ireland, and it will take more than an empty compliment from Dana White to make up for it.
Chelsea F.C. Continues to Crumble
Chelsea continued their fall from grace after a humiliating 2-1 loss to West Ham. Jose Mourinho (Chelsea manager/villain/European Bill Belichick) sent to the stands after the first half. The club is firmly in the bottom half of the table. While no one really believes that they are in any real risk of relegation, their downfall has been an absolute pleasure to watch.