I’m a big fan of ESPN’s First Take, hosted by Stephen A. Smith and Skip Bayless. I love how they argue and debate. I also know that they know what they’re talking about.
Watching the show for the last three years inspired me to write my own blog and give my opinions, predictions, and thoughts about anything that has to do with sports, both on and off the court or field. I also plan to interview athletes and coaches and anyone who works in or comments on sports.
Here are some of highlights from this weekend in sports:
- The NFL put new rules in for domestic violence cases. This should hopefully reduce crime in the NFL.
- Aldon Smith was suspended from the NFL for nine games for using banned substances, having multiple DUI arrests, and for getting arrested at the airport for saying “bomb.” I think that’s just the right amount of time for now.
- The potential first openly gay NFL player Michael Sam was cut from Rams, but can sign with any team’s practice squad. I think the Giants and 49ers are top contenders to sign him.
- USA defeats Finland and Turkey in FIBA World Cup matchups. We should expect nothing less from the greatest basketball players in the world.
- NBA star Kevin Durant signs a new Nike deal worth $300 million over 10 years.
I’m excited for September, when the NBA and NFL seasons begin and the sports world awakens from its summer break. Although it has been relatively quiet, the offseason in the NBA and NFL hasn’t been. Some highlights:
*Lebron James returned home to Cleveland;
*Carmelo Anthony signed long term with New York;
*Paul George broke his leg and will miss the season; and
*James Harden claims he’s the best player alive.
With the plethora of new coaches and players, the NBA season will surely be a special one.
As for the NFL, there will be high entertainment as well. With Johnny Manziel drama on one hand, and the intense wait for the season to start, this NFL season will kickoff well.
I don’t know about you, but I am excited! I just hope that this year there won’t be an arrest every single week in the NFL, that there won’t be as many teams regretting the huge contracts they’ve given some of their players, and that athletes will focus more on their game and less on Instagram.
What are you looking forward to most during the upcoming NBA and NFL seasons? Post your comments below.
I’m Spencer (Alexander) Zied, a 10th grader from New York, New York. I love to play basketball, football and tennis, and am a big fan of the Knicks, Giants, Yankees, Oregon football and North Carolina basketball teams. I’m also a big fan of First Take and Sportscenter on ESPN. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or connect with me on Twitter, on Facebook, or on Instagram (szied713).