Wasting away again in Miamiheatville: The Gordon Hayward Story

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Bleacher Report– The Miami Heat have reportedly emerged as the favorites to sign free-agent small forward Gordon Hayward, who spent the first seven years of his NBA career with the Utah Jazz.           

On Saturday, Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer provided the update on Hayward’s status. Based on O’Connor’s conversations with three sources, the reasons the Heat are in the driver’s seat for one of the top free agents include a “better lifestyle” and a “feature scoring role” for Hayward, as well as the opportunity to work with head coach Erik Spoelstra. 

With the heat of the NBA free agency growing by the day, it seems ironic that the Miami Heat havent been in the typical conversation. Until now. Why havent they been in conversations? Well because they are irrelevant right now. They finished 41-41 last year and have no superstars to build a team around like every other competitive team seems to be doing right now. Hassan Whiteside and Dion Waiters are about the only 2 I know there that could possibly even help any other team. And is Chris Bosh still there? Has anyone even heard from Bosh in the last few years? oh well, maybe he went back to his home planet. On the other side of the talent spectrum we have Gordon Hayward who is very valuable and could help the Celtics or the Rockets close the gap. The gap being, of course, the front runners of the East & West the Warriors and the Cavs. If Hayward were to go to the Heat it might make them a little bit better but it wont do enough for them to be able to compete with the Cavs or the Celtics. It’s basically a waste of his talents if he goes to South Beach and with Paul George off the board the Celtics will have missed out on 2 big potential pickups that could allow them to take the next step past the Cavs, or at least get closer. This league is evolving into teams built with superstars that can feed off each other and Miami is not a budding place for that. As a fan of high scoring and competitive basketball, I really really hope he goes to the Celtics and if he can’t see why that would be the most ideal move then have fun putting up 25 points a game on a mediocre team that goes .500. -( . )

Alabama football dynasty coming to an end

Source– The composite reflects the rankings of the four major recruiting services: Top247, ESPN, Rivals and Scout. A team not ranked by a particular service receives one more than the maximum (51 for 247, Rivals and Scout; 26 for ESPN). Miami is a unanimous No. 1 at this point. Of note, Alabama is tied for No. 42, but the Crimson Tide have won the national recruiting title for seven consecutive years so that will change.

Is the Alabama reign of terror coming to a close?! With the release of some college football recruiting rankings, it gives a little hope that the Alabama Crimson Tide is actually going to struggle the next few years. Being tied for 42nd with UNC (full rankings below) , the Tide have only 2 recruits for the 2018 class. Yes 2, TWO. Not one, not three or more, but 2 fucking guys. That is unbelievable. This is the first time since they began releasing these rankings that Bama hasn’t cracked the top 25 and they didn’t even break the top 40!! I mean this is a team that has been in the fucking national championship almost every year for the last 5 years and now they can barely buy a recruit? Interesting…. could there be some behind the scenes shit going down deturring recruits from going there? Or maybe high school athletes are starting to realize that they can really make or break teams based on commitments? Who knows but I fucking love to see Alabama struggle. Yea I probably hate them cause their good, much like the Patriots, but Nick Saban and his little band of scummers needs a slap of reality. Hopefully this season they open up and get spanked by FSU and begin the ensuing multi-year decline right off the bat. #FuckBama -( . )

PS. Don’t sleep on the U making a comeback in the next couple seasons.

Rank School 247 ESPN Rivals Scout Avg.
1 Miami 1 1 1 1 1
2 LSU 3 2 3 2 2.5
3 Penn State 2 4 2 3 2.75
4 Ohio State 4 3 4 4 3.75
5 Notre Dame 5 7 5 5 5.5
6 Clemson 6 5 6 6 5.75
7 Florida St. 7 6 7 13 8.25
8 Washington 9 9 9 8 8.75
9 Nebraska 8 12 8 9 9.25
10 USC 19 8 10 7 11
11 Oregon 15 11 11 10 11.75
12 Northwestern 11 16 12 15 13.5
T13 Texas 10 17 17 11 13.75
T13 Michigan 14 13 16 12 13.75
15 Minnesota 12 15 13 17 14.25
16 Oklahoma St. 13 14 15 16 14.5
17 Tennessee 16 10 14 20 15
18 UCLA 18 19 19 13 17.25
19 Baylor 17 22 18 19 19
20 Texas A&M 22 18 26 18 21
21 Oklahoma 23 21 21 21 21.5
22 Kansas 21 20 20 26 21.75
23 Duke 24 16 23 26 22.25
24 Wisconsin 20 26 22 22 22.5
25 Kentucky 25 26 24 24 24.75
26 Florida 29 25 27 28 27.25
27 Auburn 26 23 29 32 27.5
28 Mississippi St. 27 26 25 36 28.5
29 TCU 30 26 28 31 28.75
30 Brigham Young 28 26 32 30 29
31 Michigan St. 36 26 31 25 29.5
32 Maryland 32 26 33 29 30
33 Arkansas 40 26 41 23 32.5
34 Stanford 42 26 36 35 34.75
35 Virginia Tech 31 24 37 48 35
36 Cincinnati 33 26 48 34 35.25
T37 South Carolina 34 26 34 51 36.25
T37 Syracuse 35 26 41 43 36.25
T37 Louisville 39 26 30 50 36.25
40 Virginia 37 26 34 51 37
41 Colorado 41 26 40 42 37.25
T42 Alabama 46 26 39 39 37.5
T42 North Carolina 47 26 44 33 37.5
T44 Wake Forest 38 26 37 51 38
T44 Iowa 44 26 41 41 38
46 West Virginia 45 26 46 38 38.75
47 NC State 50 26 45 37 39.5
48 Utah 51 26 46 40 40.75
49 W. Michigan 49 26 51 44 42.5
T50 Boston College 43 26 51 51 42.75
T50 California 51 26 49