Who is in better shape going into next season? The answer is LeBron James.
Sure, the Lakers are a mess upstairs, they don't have a coach currently and their chances of landing free agents appear dismal.
James' legacy is set. He will go down as a top 3 player to ever do it regardless of what happens in the last 3 years of his career.
He's in LA. The Lakers have only 5 players under contract going into next season. They have a max slot available, they have assets to trade and a lottery pick.
Kyrie Irving is damn-near screwed.
He had it great with LeBron James in Cleveland, but demanded to be traded because he wanted to be the leader, he wanted his own team.
Now, Irving's team was eliminated in 5 games and the stories are he's a failed leader,
Whatever Irving does, his legacy is tarnished.
Go join LeBron or another great player and he's forever looked at as the second guy. Stay in Boston or join a team with no other superstars and have unfair media pressure to lead that team to win.
San Diego State Dining has been offering meal plans to students for 45 years. The school offers multiple year-long commitment meal plans to freshman including the 10 Meal, Flex 5, Flex 7 and Meals Plus. Meal plans are required for all freshman.
Allowances and daily debit dollars do not carry over to the next day and are not refunded at any time. However, for the Meals Plus plan, declining balances and meals will roll over from the fall to spring semester if you stay on the plan. Keep in mind, no spring balances will roll over.
The program offers year-long commitment meal plans to upperclassmen and commuters as well. These plans include Walkabout, power hike, and epic journey. Declining balances and meals will roll over from the fall to spring semester if you stay on the plan. However, no spring balances will roll over once the school year ends.
So, what happens to the money students do not spend nor get refunded? SDSU’s Dining Director of 18 years, Paul Melchior said the funds go towards funding Aztec Shop’s operations.
“Currently our meal plans are accepted at 45 locations on campus that’s a lot of variety that’s a lot of places to build and to staff and to open … That’s costly to do that,” Melchior said. “The part that’s left on the table helps fund that variety.”
Melchior said SDSU Dining is a not-for-profit organization and relies heavily on students to fund its participating locations.
“We don’t get anything from student fees or the state so we have to at least make enough money to run the program,” Melchior said. “The (funds students) spend helps fund the cost of the goods, the ingredients, the labor, the utilities, and all the supplies and all the other costs that go into it.”
SDSU students have mixed emotions about meal plans.
Mechanical engineering freshman Daniel Matsumoto said he is frustrated with the amount of money he’s lost from the way meal plans are done, but was relieved to hear where the money was going.
“I can recall a lot of times where I didn’t use all my meal plan,” he said. “Therefore I lost the money. Honestly, it makes me angry that the money doesn’t roll over because we’re paying for the meal plan and I think we deserve to keep that money.”
However, other students were strongly against the way the leftover meal plan funds are spent.
Business marketing freshman Julian Cramer said the idea of forcing freshmen to have a meal plan in general does not sit well with her.
“For freshman, there should be an option to not have a meal plan,” Cramer said.“Forcing us to have a meal plan is just a waste (of money).”
Those statements were echoed by kinesiology junior Cullen Eckert, who is no longer on the school’s meal plans.
“I don’t think it’s fair, we’re already paying so much for education,” he said. “We’re not paying for them to run the restaurants.”
SDSU dining is doing away with the 10Meal plan next year according to Melchior. “The reason is because it’s the most restrictive.” He said, “It’s the hardest to use your funds because you got to use them twice a day, Monday through Friday, and you can only use them in one place.”
1. NE 10-6
2. MIA 7-9
3. NYJ 6-10
4. BUF 4-12
1. CLE 10-6
2. PIT 9-7
3. BAL 8-8
4. CIN 6-10
1. JAX 10-6
2. HOU 10-6
3. TEN 8-8
4. IND 6-10
1. LAC 10-6
2. KC 9-7
3. OAK 9-7
4. KC 8-8
3. MIN 8-8
4. DET 7-9
1. NO 10-6
2. CAR 9-7
3. ATL 8-8
4. TB 5-11
1. LAR 9-7
2. SF 8-8
3. SEA 8-8
4. AZ 4-12
1. Cleveland Browns - Sam Darnold
2. New York Giants - Saquon Barkley
3. Indianapolis Colts - Bradley Chubb
4.Cleveland Browns - Minkah Fitzpatrick
5. Denver Broncos - Josh Allen
6. New York Jets - Josh Rosen
7. Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Josh Jackson
8. Chicago Bears - Calvin Ridley
9. San Francisco 49ers - Quenton Nelson
10. Oakland Raiders - Derwin James
11. Miami Dolphins - Denzel Ward
12. Cincinnati Bengals - Vita Vea
13. Washington Redskins - Tremaine Edmunds
14. Green Bay Packers - Justin Reid
15. Arizona Cardinals - Baker Mayfield
16. Baltimore Ravens - Josh Jackson
17. Los Angeles Chargers - Lamar Jackson
18. Seattle Seahawks - Marcus Davenport
19. Dallas Cowboys - Raquan Smith
20. Detroit Lions - Christian Kirk
21. Buffalo Bills - Mason Rudolph
22. Buffalo Bills - Orlando Brown
23. Los Angeles Rams - Courtland Sutton
24. Carolina Panthers - Carlton Davis
25. Tennessee Titans - Sam Hubbard
26. Atlanta Falcons - Harold Landry
27. New Orleans Saints - Taven Bryan
28. Pittsburgh Steelers - Mike Gesicki
29. Jacksonville Jaguars - Connor Williams
30. Minnesota Vikings - Ronald Jones
31. New England Patriots - Jarie Alexander
32. Philadelphia Eagles - Leighton Vander Esch
After acquiring the best record in the National Football League, the Philadelphia Eagles will continue to trend upwards, and win the Super Bowl come Feb. 4 2018. The Eagles are the most complete team in the NFL, and they have the leagues' best quarterback.
The most underrated aspect of the Super Bowl bound Eagles is their coaching staff. Second year head coach Doug Pederson has been preparing his team perfectly, and he knows how to keep them hungry.
This offseason, Pederson’s goal was to create a family like atmosphere for the players, and he wanted to also create a sense of competition. He has been highly successful at both, as the Eagles have been soaring since pre season.
Pederson is not only the head coach of the Eagles, but he is their offensive play caller. His scheme and experience have helped his offense mightily. He served as a backup quarterback in the NFL before becoming a coach. This allows him to connect with his quarterback before every snap.
Carson Wentz is the quarterback of the Eagles, he is in his second year, and will win the Most Valuable Player come seasons end. Through the first nine weeks, Wentz leads the league in touchdown passes with 23 and has full control of Pederson’s offense.
In his rookie year, Wentz had little to no help on the offensive side of the ball. The Eagles general manager Howie Roseman, quickly saw that and brought the sophomore help.
Philadelphia brought in wide receivers Alshon Jefferey and Torrey Smith, two players who have payed instant dividends. The team also signed running back LeGarrette Blount, and just traded for Pro Bowl running back Jay Ajayi.
Both running backs are aggressive runners, who help their team dominate time of possession. All this success running the ball is thanks to the Eagles having one of the best offensive lines in the whole league.
On the defensive side of the ball, the Eagles have the best defensive coordinator in the NFL, Jim Schwartz. Philadelphia with out a doubt has the best defense in the NFL, their defensive line, line backers, and secondary have played light out all season long.
The Eagles defense have tallied 25 sacks, 11 interceptions, and seven forced fumbles. Philadelphia’s defense also allows less than 70-rushing yards per game, which is best in the league.
The most important parts of a successful football team is their offensive and defensive lines and the quarterback position, the Eagles ace all three categories.
Besides the Eagles having the best defense, quarterback, and terrific coaching, the most impressive part of this team has been their ability to win while missing key players. Philadelphia will only get stronger as the season goes on, they are Super Bowl bound.
The Cavs are 3-4.
Watching them it's hard to distinguish if they are playing better than last year or worst.
Lebron James and the Cavs have a deeper team this year, but James is a passer. James cannot be a team's number one scoring option, he can't win like that.
James has only won the championship when he had dynamic scorers next to him like: Kyrie Irving or Dwayne Wade in his prime.
The Cavs will be a deep team when they have: Isaiah Thomas, Wade, Jae Crowder, Jeff Green, Derrick Rose, Iman Shumpert, JR Smith, Kevin Love, Channing Frye, Kyle Korver, and Tristan Thompson together.
The Cavs are deep, but do they have that elite scorer who King James can give the ball too and watch him go one on one? If not, they might not beat the Celtics, Bucks, or Wizards out East and won't come close to beating a Western team like the Warriors, Thunder, or Rockets.
The Cavs truly messed up when they couldn't land a Jimmy Butler, Paul George, or even a Carmelo Anthony.
James is great though, and my MVP pick, but he has to prove he can score at will, especially in clutch time without a dynamite scorer by his side. With his size and speed scoring should be easy, no matter how much time is left in the fourth quarter.
I was at the Philadelphia Eagles vs Los Angeles Chargers game, and I felt bad for the Chargers.
There was probably 70-80 percent Eagles fans, and the majority of Charger fans seemed quiet and just flat-out un-interested. It appears that every Chargers 'home game' has more away fans than Charger fans.
How do you expect a team to win, when they have zero home games? I do not blame the Chargers players, coaches, trainers, or scouts for being 0-4.
I blame their owner for making the move to LA. Commissioner, Rodger Goodell, was at the game and he must of been appalled.
The NFL must step in and take the Chargers out of LA.
The person I feel for the most would be, Phillip Rivers. He competes every snap, every game and this must be extremely frustrating for the respected Rivers.
RIVERS MUST DEMAND A TRADE IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SEASON. Can you imagine Rivers on a team that actually has home games, or perhaps a defense, can you imagine Rivers on the Broncos, Bills, Dolphins, Bengals, Jaguars, Texans, or the Vikings?
Carmelo Anthony has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Sam Presti, the best general manager in the NBA, does it again. Presti sent big man Enes Kanter, small forward Doug McDermott, and a second round pick. Kanter only played nine minutes a game in the playoffs last season, due to his lack of defensive talent. Mcdermott is just another guy, a very average NBA player therefore OKC stole Anthony.
Anthony is still a top-ten scorer in the NBA, ESPN's rankings were laughable, Anthony is a top-25 player in this league. While Russell Westbrook leads the charge, and Paul George and Anthony on the wings, look out. Head coach Billy Donovan will have to get these guys sharing the ball, which seems very likely, since all three of these All-Stars have played pick up together.
This trade has propelled OKC to the second best team out West.
GS, OKC, HOU, SAS, MIN, NO, DEN, POR. Those are the eight best teams out West.
Kyrie Irving was traded to the Boston Celtics for Isaiah Thomas, Jae Crowder, Ante Zizic and Brooklyn's first round pick next year.
This was a very even trade. The Celtics received Irving, a player with championship experience, and a player who can create a shot whenever he wants. Irving is arguably a top 10 player in the NBA.
The Celtics are now a top two team in the East, and will battle with Cleveland for a birth to the NBA Finals. Irving will play along side the overrated Gordon Hayward, consistent but not great Al Horford, and the two young guns Jayson Tatum and Jaylon Brown.
This is not enough to dethrone the King. The Cleveland Cavaliers will beat the Celtics in six games in next year's Eastern Conference Finals.
Lebron James will win the MVP next year, and elevate his teammates' games tremendously.
The new look Cavs give James a solid all around team once again. Thomas, James, and Love seem to be a very good big three. The Cavs also signed Jeff Green and Derrick Rose in free agency, two players who are no scrubs by any means.
Crowder, who was apart of the deal, offers the Cavs a very good D and three player who will make a difference against a team like the Warriors.
The Cavs will most likely attain a top 10 pick next year as well.
As of right now, the Cavs will not beat the Warriors in the NBA Finals, which makes me believe the Cavs are not done making deals.
There is no question that Irving is better than Thomas, but because James is so dominant the trade has no effect on the Cavs repeating as Eastern Conference Champs.
Thomas must step up his defense if the Cavs want to win a championship.
Cavs-Celtics is the new Thunder-Warriors. Irving asked for this, he wanted to be the man. Now Irving has a chance to go head to head with his former teammate, James. The games will be so full of emotion, but expect the Cavs and James to cake walk through the East once again.
Maybe the Cavs will keep Thomas and trade the rest of their new pieces for Carmelo Anthony.
Going into this season, the trade is even, but James and Thomas will both be free agents after this year, if they both leave the Cavs still have a top 10 pick and the Celtics still have Irving for a year after next.
All Lebron saw Kyrie as was a scorer, last year he called for a playmaker. He sees Thomas replacing Irving's scoring, a play maker in Dwayne Wade, and considerably deeper team than the one who lost in five games to the Warriors.
When the casual NFL fan thinks about who will win the NFC East, without much thought they say the New York Giants or the Dallas Cowboys.
The Giants spent a bunch of money on their defense about two seasons ago, sadly if you’re a Giants fan the product hasn't quite lived up to it’s sizable price.
Not only do the Giants have an overpriced defense that almost allows 20 points per game, according to NFL.com , but the Giants also lack a running back they could count on. It doesn't matter who your running back is when the offensive line struggles significantly. Pro Football Focus ranked the Giants as the 28th offensive line out of 32 teams.
Enough with the negative, here is why the Giants could be great this year, the offense. The Giants have quarterback Eli Manning, 36, at the helm. Manning has the best weapons of his career in wide receivers Odell Beckham Jr, Brandon Marshall, and Sterling Shepard. Wisely the Giants also drafted tight end Evan Engram. The Giants will use Engram as a wide receiver as well, he is a quite versatile pass catcher.
The Giants have a great offense, but the offensive line and the incosistent defense makes me believe they'll finish 9-7.
Eleven straight wins, that’s what rookie sensations Dak Prescott, Ezekiel Elliot and the Dallas Cowboys pulled off last season.
The Cowboys lost key members of their offensive line, which Pro Football Focus now ranks them as the 9th best o-line, while last year the group was ranked 2nd by PFF.
Cowboys are still searching for a defense, it is widely considered the weakest group of the Cowboys.
Prescott played the best football of his career last year, he will regress. Prescott played incredible last year, but now the NFL has a year of tape on him, we may have seen Prescotts' ceiling.
While Elliot is most likely heading towards a suspension, Prescott may even regress more than I project, which obviously will hurt the Cowboys.
Because of the offensive line losing key pieces, Elliot heading toward a suspension, the defense looking worst than last years, and banking that Prescott will regress toward the norm.
I see the Cowboys going 8-8.
The worst team in the NFC East would happen to be the Washington Redskins. Their franchise quarterback repeatedly gets called ‘Kurt’ instead of his name, ‘Kirk’ by the organization.
Kirk Cousins has few weapons, his primary pass catchers Desean Jackson and Pierre Garcon left in free agency, but the Redskins’ do have a solid offensive line, it falls just out of the top ten in PFF ranking.
Their defense is a question mark according to PFF their D line ranks at 21st overall.
It appears to be Cousins last year with the Redskins, and it may not end well.
I see the Skins finishing at 6-10
A team that has been flying under the radar are the Philadelphia Eagles, and they're my pick to win the NFC East. In my opinion the Eagles are the most complete team in the NFC East.
Many argue that the most important parts of an NFL team is their quarterback, offensive line, and defensive line.
Pro Football Focus ranks the Eagles with the #1 offensive line going into the 2017-2018 season. Pro Football Focus also ranks the Eagles as having the 3rd best defense line going in to the upcoming season.
Eagles have a defense worth taking note of, their only question mark remains at corner back which is a big question mark, but they did draft some good young corners.
Now on the offensive side of the ball, the Eagles have no question marks in my mind.
Philly signed wide receivers Alshon Jeffery and Torrey Smith. They also signed running back LeGarrette Blount.
Quarterback Carson Wentz, who is entering year two, showed his superstar potential. the 6-foot-5 240 Wentz can make all the throws as well as lead an NFL team.
Last year Wentz had little to no help, so the Eagles had to make a splash in free agency, and they did. With the moves they made Wentz may be in MVP talk, I know that sounds like a stretch, but the 24 year old from North Dakota has that 'IT' factor..
Head Coach Doug Pederson made some questionable moves last year, but with year one under his belt he’ll have much more experience. Pederson seems like a terrific head coach and has recently said “I look back at my time in Green Bay as a player when we were making those playoff runs and those Super Bowl runs there, and do we have as much talent on this team than we did then? We probably have more talent, right?”
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