Alabama is the Top Team in the Associated Press Preseason Poll

The University of Alabama made it a perfect sweep, taking the top spot of the Associated Press Preseason Top 25 Poll. The Crimson Tide already had the No. 1 spot in the Amway Coaches Preseason Poll earlier this month. Alabama earned 52 out of a possible 61 first-place votes for 1,513 points, giving the team a 99-point advantage over second-place Ohio State University, which earned only three first-place votes and 1,414 points. Florida State University received four first-place votes but sits just 18 points behind the Buckeyes with 1,396 points. Continue Reading

Saints vs. Chargers: What to Watch For

New Orleans will try to break a 10-game losing streak in the preseason this Sunday, Aug. 20, when the team faces the Los Angeles Chargers, which will air at 7 p.m. on the NFL

Network. If the Saints are going to break their losing streak, they might have to do it without quarterback Drew Brees or running backs Adrian Peterson and Mark Ingram. It looks like the third week of the preseason will be the first time that Brees and a few other veterans hit the field. Brees’ absence in the first two preseason games wasn’t a big deal. Continue Reading

The Demon King is Coming to ‘SummerSlam’

“SummerSlam” is going to take place in Brooklyn, N.Y., this Sunday, and you can see all the action on the WWE Network. The event begins with the kickoff show at 5 p.m. The pay-per-view portion starts at 6 p.m., and I’m guessing going to last till near or past 11 p.m.

The event is a stacked card with plenty of matches for fans to get excited about, including a fatal four-way for the WWE Universal Championship between Braun Strowman, Brock Lesnar, Roman Reigns and Samoa Joe. “SummerSlam” will also have a Shield reunion between Seth Rollins and Dean Ambrose as they face Sheamus and Cesaro for the Raw Tag Team Championship. Another five-star match could be A.J. Styles going up against Kevin Owens for the WWE US Championship. However, Big Cass taking on the Big Show with Enzo Amore above the ring in a shark cage won’t sell the event. Continue Reading

Saints Fire Two Doctors

There is one group of people that both NFL coaches and players want to have absolute trust in their dealings, and that is team doctors. Coaches need to accurately know how a player is injured and a player’s career depends on proper diagnosis of injuries. That is the exact opposite of what happened with the New Orleans Saints. Mike Triplett of ESPN reported that New Orleans has fired a pair of orthopedists that misdiagnosed an injury to cornerback Delvin Breaux. Deryk Jones and Misty Suri diagnosed the player with a contusion, but coaches later learned that he actually had a fractured fibula. Continue Reading

Saints Drop Another Preseason Game

Here is an interesting question to ponder after the Cleveland Browns defeated the New Orleans Saints 20-14: Do you know when the last time time the Saints won a preseason game was? If you said Aug. 23, 2014, you would be a winner. Since that 23-17 win over the Indianapolis Colts, New Orleans has gone 0-10 in the preseason since its last victory. In the first quarter, New Orleans looked solid on defense as they held the Browns without a first down and three punts in the first quarter. Continue Reading

Things to Watch for in Saints’ Preseason Opener

Starting this Thursday night, the New Orleans Saints will try to fix the 7-9 record that has plagued the team for the last three seasons. New Orleans opens the 2017 preseason on

the road against the Cleveland Browns. If the Saints are going to reverse the 7-9 trend, they have to fix the biggest albatross around their neck—defense. New Orleans has been terrible on defense for a long time now, and that has shown up in its win-loss record. Each offseason, New Orleans has tried to fix the defense but has been in salary-cap hell due to bad contracts from previous years. Continue Reading

Dream Team Won Gold 25 Years Ago

There are certain sporting events you can remember just like they were yesterday. Many basketball fans won’t forget where they were for each game of the 1992 Olympics. If you don’t remember, that year of the Olympics, held in Barcelona, Spain, featured the original “Dream Team.” The summer of ’92 was spent watching that team crush everyone who got in its way and bring high-level basketball to the rest of the world. Many people might not remember that the U.S. finished third in the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, South Korea, as the country was only able to use college players. NBA players were finally allowed to play in the next Olympics. Continue Reading

Alabama Tops Preseason Coaches’ Poll

The University of Alabama football team lost to the University of Clemson in last year’s

title game, but the Crimson Tide are still the No. 1 team in the Amway Coaches’ Top 25 Poll for this preseason. Alabama garnered 49 first-place votes to take the top spot. Ohio State University received five first-place votes to land in second, and Florida State University got four first-place votes for third in the poll. The University of Southern California failed to get any first-place votes but still came in fourth place. Continue Reading

ESPN8: The Ocho is For Real on Aug. 8

ESPN will make The Ocho real on Wednesday, Aug. 8, when ESPNU becomes ESPN8 The Ocho. As Jason Bateman’s character, Pepper Brooks, would say to Gary Cole’s character, Cotton McKnight, “That is a bold strategy, Cotton. Let’s see if it pays off for ‘em.”

The fictional ESPN channel was the broadcast station for the movie, “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story.” In the film, The Ocho shows the lovable Average Joes against Globo Gym in a Las Vegas dodgeball tournament. Released in 2004, the film stars Vince Vaughn, Ben Stiller and Christine Taylor. Continue Reading