Article by: Justin Imler
Week 3 of the 2019-2020 NFL season is in the books, and it helped show us what teams are for real, and what teams might have been faking it the first two weeks of the season. We got to see the emergence of Daniel Jones, the Bears' defense continue their dominance, and Jacoby Brissett leading the way for the Colts in the post Andrew Luck era.
Which teams are on the rise, and which teams took a fall? Take a look below to see where I have your team ranked heading into week 4!
1. New England Patriots +-0 (3-0)
Yes, Antonio Brown is gone, but this New England defense is arguably the best defense in the Brady/Belichick era. New England isn't going anywhere, but I am curious to see how they'll perform in Buffalo as they take on the undefeated Bills on Sunday.
2. Kansas City Chiefs +-0 (3-0)
Mahomes and company came to play against the surging Baltimore Ravens last week. This was their first true test of the season and the team proved that they're a legitimate Super Bowl contender yet again this season. Mahomes is making do without starting RB Damien Williams and star WR Tyreek Hill, which just goes to show that as long as Mahomes is out there, the Chiefs will be just fine.
3. Los Angeles Rams +-0 (3-0)
The LA Rams got the win in Cleveland on SNF football last week, with Jarred Goff and Cooper Kupp connecting for 2 TDs. That defense, led by defensive POY Aaron Donald, looks even better than last year. If RB Todd Gurley can get back to his 2018-2019 self, this team is only going to get more dangerous.
4. Dallas Cowboys +-0 (3-0)
Yes, the top 4 teams remain the same as last week, but can you blame us? Dallas has dominated in their first three games of 2019. I'm aware, their wins were against the Giants, Redskins, and Dolphins, but regardless, this team is legit. They'll get their first real test as they travel to New Orleans to take on the Teddy Bridgewater led Saints on SNF. Prescott and Cooper have thus far proven they deserve a pay day, and I expect this level of play to continue into Week 4.
5. Green Bay Packers +1 (3-0)
Green Bay moves up a spot this week with Baltimore losing their shootout with the Chiefs. This new Matt LeFleur led defense has everyone impressed. They have a nice TNF matchup with Philadelphia coming to town. Look for Rodgers and star WR Devante Adams to return to 2018-2019 form, as this Philly secondary has been struggling so far this season.
6. Houston Texans +5 (2-1)
This Houston team is one 58 yard game winning FG away from being undefeated. They're legit, Deshaun Watson is elite, and they have the best WR in football. My main concern is the offensive line. Watson will not make it though the season if this line can't protect him. Let's see if they can do a better job against Carolina this week.
7. Baltimore Ravens -2 (2-1)
The Ravens just simply couldn't hang with the Kansas City offense last week. QB Lamar Jackson still shined, but that defense might be cause for concern come playoff time. Right now it looks like the AFC North is theirs to lose, but i'm not so sure this team can compete with the AFC powerhouses in New England and Kansas City.
8. Chicago Bears +4 (2-1)
This Chicago defense has picked up right where they left off last season. If Mitch Trubisky can continue the level of play we saw in last Monday night's matchup against Washington, they'll be right back in the playoff mix come January.
9. Minnesota Vikings +-0 (2-1)
RB Dalvin Cook is looking like the best RB in football these last three weeks. We knew Minnesota's mentality going into this season was to rely on their run game and defense. So far, it's woking out quite nicely, but let's see if they can rely on QB Kirk Cousins if they get down early in a football game. The Vikings play in Chicago this Sunday, so this could be the perfect test to see which of these NFC North teams is legit.
10. New Orleans Saints +5 (2-1)
QB Teddy Bridgewater put the doubters to rest last Sunday as this Saints team went into Seattle and got the W. Bridgewater went 19 for 27 for 177 yards and 2 TDs. If this defense, and offensive supporting cast can continue to step up in Brees' absence, this Saints team won't miss a beat.
11. Seattle Seahawks -3 (2-1)
After losing to the above New Orleans Saints, the Seahawks fall a little in this week's rankings. Russel Wilson still did his thing, but his supporting cast has proven to be average at best. They take on the struggling Cardinals this week in Arizona, so expect a bounce back game from Wilson and company.
12. San Francisco 49ers +-0 (3-0)
The Niners are undefeated, led by an effective running committee and a surprisingly good defense. This team could be legit, COULD BE. I'm not sure if i'm buying into the hype just yet. This team was a James Connor fumble away from losing to a Mason Rudolph led Steelers team last week, while also giving up the football FIVE times... They have a bye this week, but their matchup in Week 5 in New Orleans will be very much a prove-it game for this 49ers team.
13. Philadelphia Eagles -6 (1-2)
Normally a 1-2 team wouldn't be this high up in my power rankings, but this Eagles team is an exception. With a very depleted O-Line and WR core, Philly is a few crucial dropped passes away from being 3-0. WR Alshon Jeffrey is slated to be back for their TNF matchup against Green Bay. Let's see if that'll put a spark back into this offense, and their struggling secondary can hold off Aaron Rodgers.
14. Buffalo Bills +2 (3-0)
And the last, and probably most surprising, undefeated team left in the NFL is the Buffalo Bills. This Buffalo squad is so fun to watch, and Bills Mafia is even more so. HOWEVER, this Bills team has faced an Eli Manning led Giants team, a struggling Jets team, and almost gave up a 14 point lead to Cincinnati. They haven't exactly had the toughest competition to start the year, but that'll change on Sunday when they have New England rolling into town. Not many, including myself, expect a Buffalo win, but let's see if they can keep it close, and keep the Bills hype alive.
15. Indianapolis Colts +3 (2-1)
Many people, including myself, counted out the Colts once Andrew Luck made his shocking announcement that he was retiring from the NFL. In comes Jacoby Brissett, long time backup, now starter for the forseeable future, and he's showing all of us that he deserves to be. 646 yards, 7 TDs, and just 1 INT with a completion percentage of 71.7% so far this season are numbers that we can't ignore. Star WR TY Hilton did suffer a quad injury and has not practiced yet this week. That's definitely a concern for this offense, but this Colts team is looking more and more legit as the season progresses.
16. Los Angeles Chargers -3 (2-1)
Not really sure what to make of this Chargers team just yet. All three of their games have been decided by one possession, including a dissapointing 13-10 loss to Detroit in Week 2. LA impressed everyone last season, but with a few injuries on defense, and a certain RB slated to return in a few weeks, only time will tell if the Chargers can get things going and stay consistent.
17. Atlanta Falcons -3 (1-2)
Here's another team I still can't figure out. On paper, this offense should be close to unstoppable, but Matt Ryan's decision making has had most Atlanta fans more than frustrated. Julio is looking like the best WR in football, and TE Austin Hooper has been making plays as well. If their defense can step it up, and Matt Ryan can actually make good decisions in the red zone, then this team could be a threat.
18. Detroit Lions +3 (2-0-1)
Detroit might be, so far, the most surprising team in football. Technically still undefeated (tied Arizona in Week 1), they pulled off back-to-back upsets in taking down both the LA Chargers and Philadelphia Eagles. It might be time to show them some respect, but my main concern is their division. Being in the NFC North, they still have to deal with Green Bay, Chicago, and Minnesota twice (who are all ranked inside my top 10). For now, I'm excited to see if this Lions team can keep it up, but I'm not ready to completely bet on them just yet.
19. Cleveland Browns -2 (1-2)
The offseason Super Bowl favorites are now 1-2 to start the season, with their one win coming against a Jets team with more problems than I can count on my two hands. Baker has been struggling, partially due to the O-Line not being able to protect him. The media is already tearing them apart, and it's only going to get worse unless they turn things around ASAP, a task easier said than done. They have a tough divisional matchup against Baltimore on Sunday, which would be a perfect way to silence the critics if they can come away with the upset.
20. Jacksonville Jaguars +4 (1-2)
Gardner Minshew II... that's all I have to say. This guy might not be the most talented, but he's taking the NFL world by storm in Nick Foles' absence. He led his team to victory last Thursday night against a struggling Tennessee team, and they have another winnable matchup against Denver this week. This defense had NINE sacks in that victory last week, and if they can keep that up, this team could be one to watch out for. That could be tough to do however with star CB Jalen Ramsey still requesting a trade, but we'll have to wait and see how that situation plays out.
21. Tennessee Titans -2 (1-2)
The Titans started the year on the highest of highs after blowing out the Browns in Week 1, and they've been on a downward spiral ever since... They lost a close matchup to the Chargers, then got beaten pretty easily by Gardner Minshew II and company last week. Marcus Mariota needs to step up sooner rather than later or it might be Ryan Tannehill time in Tennessee.
22. Carolina Panthers +6 (1-2)
The Panthers seemed to gain new life last Sunday with backup QB Kyle Allen getting the start for the injured, and struggling, Cam Newton. It's already confirmed that Allen will get the nod this week against a much tougher opponent in the Houston Texans. Let's see if last week's win against Arizona was a fluke, or if there really might be a QB controversy in Carolina.
23. Tampa Bay Buccaneers -3 (1-2)
Tampa is stuck. I'm not a believer in Jameis Winston, even though he did have a pretty good performance last week against an awful Giants defense. Speaking of defense, Tampa's simply can't keep them in games. They did look impressive in Week 2 against Carolina, but I think most of that had to do with Cam playing horribly vs. the defense playing out of their mind. You simply can't give up 32 points at home to a rookie QB making his first career start and expect to win football games.
24. Pittsburgh Steelers -2 (0-3)
New Starting QB Mason Rudolph struggled big time in the 1st half in their loss to the 49ers last week. With that being said, the defense forced five turnovers, and Rudolph seemed to be more comfortable in the 2nd half, throwing 2 TDs. As a Steelers fan, I haven't lost all hope just yet, but this MNF matchup against the Bengals is about as close to a must-win game as you can get.
25. New York Giants +5 (1-2)
Speaking of new life, the Giants got all they could've hoped for, and then some, in #6 overall pick Daniel Jones' first start of the season. Jones rallied the team back from an 18 point deficit to beat the Tampa Bay Bucs, and shut up the all the doubters that emerged since draft night. The Giants now take on Washington this week, and all eyes will be on Jones to see if he can put the team on his back and get them a second straight win. With a struggling defense, and Saquon Barkley out 4-8 weeks, it'll be a tough task to say the least.
26. Oakland Raiders -3 (1-2)
The Oakland Raiders are struggling. The relationship between HC John Gruden and QB Derek Carr is up in the air, the O-Line is below average, and their defense simply can't stop anything. I like some of their young playmakers in RB Josh Jacobs and TE Darren Waller, but they clearly have some issues they need to address if they want to compete every week.
27. Denver Broncos -1 (0-3)
I had somewhat high hoped for this Denver team entering the season, but they really haven't shown much of anything. Joe Flacco is playing exactly like most would expect Joe Flacco to play, and as a result, the offense simply can't stay on the field. It's going to be be difficult winning football games if you can't score more than 16 points a game...
28. Arizona Cardinals -3 (0-2-1)
Another team that I had somewhat high hopes for is the Arizona Cardinals. I bought into the Kyler Murray and Kliff Kingsbury hype, and thus far, it's been a rough start. For Arizona, their main issue is similar to other teams in this tier, and that's the offensive line. When you have a young QB in Murray, and a top tier RB in David Johnson, you need to be able to protect them, and give them room to work. This offense still has potential in my mind, but the O-Line needs to step up, and help keep this high tempo offense on the field for more sustainable drives.
29. Cincinnati Bengals -2 (0-3)
The Bengals put together one of the worst offensive performances I've seen in recent memory for the first three quarters of their game last Sunday against the Bills. They did almost pull it together enough in the end, but still fell short of their first victory of the season. This Bengals team is a mess, and without star WR AJ Green for at least the next few weeks, and a below average defense, don't expect much from Cinci this season.
30. Washington Redskins -1 (0-3)
Not much to say about this Redskins team right now. The injury bug has hit them yet again with starting TE Jordan Reed in the concussion protocol, and 2nd year RB Darrius Guice already on the IR after just one game. Case Keenum looked lost against the Bears defense on Monday night, which begs the question, how long until it becomes the Dwayne Haskins show in Washington?
31. New York Jets +-0 (0-3)
The New York Jets will remain towards the bottom of the power rankings until we see Sam Darnold back in the lineup. Many are expecting him to be back for their Week 5 matchup against the Eagles (Jets have a bye this week). Many are anxious to see what this new look Jets team will look like at full strength, but without Darnold running the offense, it looks like a complete mess. How much will Darnold improve things in New York? Only time will tell.
32. Miami Dolphins +-0 (0-3)
QB Josh Rosen got the start in the Dolphins' matchup against Dallas last week, but the result was same as usual, a beat down. With that being said, not much of the blame can be thrown at Rosen, this team is as close to tanking as you can get in the NFL. Time to start looking forward to that #1 overall pick Dolphins fans.
Article by: Harrison Weaver
Week 4 of the college football season finally offers something for us to get really excited about. We get three Top-25 matchups, one of them being a Top-10 matchup. If there was ever a Saturday to invite family and friends over, stock the cooler, and watch college football all day, this is the day. Last week I went 5-1 on my picks, missing the Michigan State versus Arizona State matchup that came down to the wire. Florida survived a scare at Kentucky to remain unbeaten, the rest of the Top-10 cruised to easy wins, Maryland had a major let-down at the hands of Temple, and Penn State was able to make a few defensive stands to seal a victory against Pitt. This week we can expect a little more mayhem with the high stakes matchups that are on the slate. So, without further ado, let’s get into my Week 4 picks.
#11 Michigan @ #13 Wisconsin (Saturday @ 12 PM on FOX)
Michigan barely survived against Army two weekends ago as they almost lost in regulation on a last second field goal before securing the OT victory. Meanwhile, through two games, Wisconsin is outscoring their opponents 110-0. They haven’t even let anyone score yet… and the offense is booming behind Heisman candidate Jonathan Taylor. Wisconsin has home field in this one, and my best bet is that they’ll show up ready to play. To me, this game is more about Michigan though. They were the team with higher expectations, the team with playoff hype. So far, they’ve looked nothing like that. I attribute the slow start to poor play calling, poor situational football, and Shae Patterson needing to step it up a notch. In this game, I think Michigan is going to come out more confident and aggressive, with a better game plan. Despite the Badgers being favorites at home, I’m taking Michigan to step up and steal this one.
My pick: Michigan, 24-20
#8 Auburn @ #17 Texas A&M (Saturday @ 3:30 PM on CBS)
Here it is, Auburn’s first big SEC matchup of the season. Bo Nix has been absolutely terrific this season and the whole team is going into this game with a good rhythm. Anybody who reads my articles though knows that I’ve been raving about A&M all season. They couldn’t quite hang with Clemson two weeks ago, but this young group is hungry for a big win and will be playing with the 12th Man behind them at Kyle Field. This will be Bo Nix’s first game in a truly hostile environment, and I think he has some troubles in this one with the athletic A&M defense. This game will be a guaranteed back-and-forth slugfest, but I like the experience of Kellen Mond, with Jimbo Fisher on the sideline, and the 12th Man at their back.
My pick: Texas A&M, 31-28
#3 Georgia vs. #7 Notre Dame (Saturday @ 8:00 PM on CBS)
In what may very well be the game of the week, the Dawgs will be hosting the Fighting Irish in Athens. I’ve personally always been on the ‘Notre Dame is overrated and plays an easy schedule’ train, and I’m going to remain on that train until they can beat a top team. Georgia has been looking downright nasty behind Jake Fromm and what appears to be 5 NFL caliber running backs. Notre Dame has had issues this season stopping the run, which will mean that Kirby Smart will look to pound the rock and wear out the Notre Dame defense as much as he can. Ian Book is currently leading the Irish in both passing and rushing which is a slight concern for me. Playing against one of the best run defenses in the country, the Irish will need to be able to run the ball in order to open up their passing game. I don’t think they have the talent to get it done. This is an easy one for me.
#10 Utah @ USC (Friday @ 9 PM on FS1)
Even after a heartbreaking loss in overtime on the road against a tough BYU team, USC is still off to a very promising start this year. Kedon Slovis, another true-freshman QB has looked really good for his age and level of experience. When starting QB JT Daniels went down, a lot of Trojan fans began to get a little uneasy. Luckily, Slovis has stepped up and eased that concern by showing some excellent potential. However, this is Utah’s year to make some noise. The Utes have a stacked defense and plenty of weapons on offense. They’ve looked impressive so far, hence the #10 ranking. I like the Utes in this one.
My pick: Utah, 34-27
#9 Florida @ Tennessee (Saturday @ 12 PM on ESPN)
Florida versus Tennessee, a classic SEC rivalry. Tennessee finally got their first win last weekend against Chattanooga after a very rocky start. Meanwhile, the Gators overcame an 11-point deficit entering the 4th quarter against Kentucky last weekend to remain unbeaten. Unfortunately, it cost them starting QB Feleipe Franks in the 3rd quarter. The offense ended up playing great in the 4th quarter but I’m still waiting for a larger sample size before I can determine how this offense is going to look the rest of the season. Luckily, the Gators have an elite defense to lean on, and Tennessee has been very inconsistent on offense. For that reason, I think Florida wins, keeping Tennessee at arm’s length the whole way.
My pick: Florida, 31-20
#12 Texas versus Oklahoma State (Saturday @ 7:30 on ABC)
The rest of the season is must-win for the Longhorns after losing to LSU in primetime a few weekends ago. I think Sam Ehlinger and the Texas offense are fully capable of carrying that burden, but the problem is the defense. Allowing 417.3 yards per game, with 330 of them coming through the air, the Horns make themselves very vulnerable to slip-ups throughout the season. Oklahoma State has taken care of their easy opponents so far and have beaten all of them in style. However, this game is in Texas, and the Horns know they have their backs against the wall. This scenario doesn’t spell out an upset in my opinion.
My pick: Texas, 48-35
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Article by: Zach Henley
All season long, Mike Trout for the Los Angeles Angels and Christian Yelich have been neck and neck in season totals. Now since they are in different leagues, each can potentially win their league’s MVP…until the dreaded injury bug hit.
Mike Trout has been out of the lineup since September 7 and had a planned return for September 15 but was scratched due to lingering pain. After numerous tests, it was concluded that he a neuroma in his right foot and that surgery was needed to remove it. The Angels haven’t made the playoffs since 2014 and this season seemed hopeful to reach that goal again.
Through 134 games, Trout collected monster stats in another MVP year. Trout hit.291 with a career high 45 home runs and notched his third 100 RBI season with 104. He leads the AL in WAR, OBP, SLG, and OPS. His 184 OPS+ is in the top three of his career. Another key stat is that he passed Derek Jeter in WAR with 73.6 and the superstar isn’t even 30 years old yet.
Trout should be the favorite to win the AL MVP because even though he suffered an injury, he hasn’t played in 2 weeks and is still leading the league in respected categories and shows that he a constantly amazing hitter.
In the other league, there have been several players that have shown that they might have what it takes to win the MVP crown. Pete Alonso of the Mets has shown he has the power and numbers but lacks the average and consistency. Ronald Acuna has the average and electric play but lacks power and consistency. There is one player who has all of those things plus more and that is Christian Yelich. Yelich has been the saving grace for the Brewers as they have been fighting for a playoff spot all season. Early this month, Yelich was in Miami for a series against the Marlins and was hit by a pitch. He would leave that game early and was announced that his kneecap was shattered and would miss the rest of the season.
Yelich, coming off his 2018 MVP season was having another great season worthy of some more hardware for the 27-year-old. At the point of his injury, Yelich was hitting .329 with 44 homeruns and had 97 RBI's. The injury is going to sideline him for 8-10 weeks while the Brewers remain one game outside a wild card berth.
Like Trout, Yelich was putting together another amazing season and is doing it at the same age as Trout. Yelich is also deserving of the MVP award because this season he showed why he is so valuable to the Brewers and probably wouldn’t be in the playoff race without him.
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The Pittsburgh Woes Continue with QB Ben Roethlisberger being placed on IR after Suffering an Elbow Injury.
Article by: Justin Imler
Steeler Nation took a big hit Sunday afternoon when future Hall of Fame quarterback “Big Ben” Roethlisberger exited the game mid-way through the 2nd quarter with an apparent elbow injury. Not much detail was provided during the game, but Ben remained on the sideline for the remainder of the game, while backup QB Mason Rudolph filled in, and played pretty well in their 28-26 loss to Seattle.
As all of Pittsburgh waited in anticipation for the next 24 hours, it was revealed early Monday morning that Roethlisberger would indeed need surgery on his injured throwing elbow, ultimately ending his season. This blow is about as big as they come to an NFL team, especially when it happens to a team like Pittsburgh, who had high hopes for the 2019-2020 season.
Now it’s time for 2nd year QB out of Oklahoma State Mason Rudolph to take the helm and run the offense for the Black and Gold. Rudolph was impressive in his professional debut in relief for Roethlisberger, going 12-19 for 112 yards, 2 TDs (both to TE Vance McDonald), and 1 INT (drop by WR Donte Moncrief). Rudolph was drafted in the 3rd round of the 2018 draft by Pittsburgh, the highest the franchise has drafted a QB since Roethlisberger, who was drafted 11th overall in 2004. This led to some conflict at first with the star QB, who was not happy that the team took a QB that early in the draft, seemingly saying he had a lot left in the tank before he planned on calling it a career. Now, whether either of them likes it or not, it’s time for Rudolph to run the show for the remainder of the season and show what he can do. He has a golden opportunity to prove that he can be the future of the franchise once they officially reach the post-Roethlisberger era.
As an active member of Steeler Nation, I’m feeling a mixture of emotions. I’ve been on the Rudolph hype train since before he was drafted by the Steelers and was very excited to see him perform well in the preseason, win the backup job, and play decent in his debut on Sunday. With that being said, this team won’t be able to compete at the level that they’d like without Roethlisberger running the offense. I am however, trying to stay positive, and am excited to see how Rudolph plays throughout the season. This is his team now, and he needs to take advantage of this opportunity.
Roethlisberger made an official statement later on Monday explaining his disappointment in missing the season, supporting Rudolph, and his plans for the future.
“…I can only trust God's plan, but I am completely determined to battle through this challenge and come back stronger than ever next season. The Steelers committed three years to me this offseason and I fully intend to honor my contract and reward them with championship level play. I will do all I can to support Mason and the team this season to help win games. I love this game, my teammates, the Steelers organization and fans, and I feel in my heart I have a lot left to give.”
Only time will tell as to how this season pans out for Pittsburgh, but here’s some positive news for Steelers fans. The team ended up trading for Miami Dolphins S/CB Minkah Fitzpatrick late Monday night, who recently demanded to be traded from the sinking ship that is the Miami Dolphins, for their 2020 1st round pick. Fitzpatrick was drafted 11th overall in 2018 by Miami and has shown a lot of potential in his short NFL career. Personally, I love this move, and it’s one that makes sense if you’re Pittsburgh. The safety position is arguably their biggest need remaining on their defense, with Sean Davis being banged up early on, and backup Kameron Kelly not getting the job done in his place. Head coach Mike Tomlin said Tuesday afternoon that Davis will be placed on injured reserve, which means that Fitzpatrick will be in the starting lineup for their week 3 matchup in San Francisco.
All in all, I’m not giving up hope on a successful season in Pittsburgh. Will they be able to compete with the AFC powerhouses in Kansas City and New England? No, but I’d still expect this team to put up a fight throughout the season and win some games under Rudolph, along with a young and improving defense.
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Article by: Pete Caceci
After a 13-year drought, Spain took home the trophy after defeating Argentina 95-75. This win shocked the world, as many thought this team consisted of outsiders and dysfunction as soon as the tournament began.
The Spanish team had complete dominance in the game, scoring first and never allowing their opponent to strike equally back. Their swarming interior defense and overall superior rebounding abilities took away the confidence that Argentina had coming into the game. Point guard Ricky Rubio shined as he scored 20 points and three assists, whereas current-NBA champion Marc Gasol and Willy Hernangoez were able to swat three shots each. By the end of the game, the Spanish team had pulled down 47 rebounds, close to double of what Argentina could manage.
Marc Gasol seems to be finding success everywhere he goes. He had a great hand in helping the Toronto Raptors claim their very first NBA title, and he was now able to lift the Spanish team back into the limelight. Prior to claiming the trophy, he was able to push his team passed Australia in the semi-finals by scoring 33 points and not allowing any shot over him. Gasol knew when facing Argentina how to stop their aggressive offense by standing in the driving lanes. This effect would force his opponents to make far shots that could not fall.
Both Gasol and teammate Rubio were heavily rewarded for their dominance and leadership in Spain’s undefeated run to the gold medal. After the game, Rubio was honored as the tournament’s most valuable player. “Right now, we made history, and we were ready for that. We had a great tournament , (but) you’ve got to give credit to Argentina, we had to fight for this win,” Rubio told a post-game news conference. “It’s just amazing how the whole tournament has been us as a team, and you can tell. We weren’t the most talented team, the biggest team, put whatever you want, but we were the team that had the big heart.”
This victory has allowed fans from everywhere to see how the sport of basketball is no longer dominated by the United States. In a recent article by fellow Heated Sports writer Harrison Weaver, the United States did not show the constant force that typically other countries can’t compete against. For this year’s tournament, they were able to place seventh overall, and snapped a 58-game win streak. We have seen over the recent years other players from other countries dominate the league and capture success that stems from recently retired Tony Parker to the “Greek Freak” Giannis Antetokounmpo. Hopefully, this victory can be seen from the rest of the world as a beam of hope, as they can help their country place at the top and earn their spot to play in the NBA.
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